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"After Kollwitz"   Acrylic on canvas board, 2013

Rebecca Anweiler


Artist's Biography

Rebecca Anweiler completed her MFA in Painting at Concordia University in 2000 and has received numerous awards for her work including both Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants. She has taught at Concordia University and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Queen's University for the last eleven years. Her background in biology and education have influenced her art practice, where she investigates the cultural meanings underlying representations of sexuality and nature in educational and scientific systems. Anweiler's paintings are in numerous private and several public collections including the City of Toronto, the University of Lethbridge Art Collection and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Artist's Statement

This piece references one of Käthe Kollwitz's portraits, "Pregnant Woman With Folded Hands" from 1898. Kollwitz was one of the most significant German artists of the 20th century and her commitment to victims of poverty, war and the human condition, often represented through the lives of the women she met, show a profound compassion. What struck me about this portrait was the way the hands rested warmly and securely on the pregnant woman's stomach, nurturing her unborn child while her face carried signs of concern for the future. It spoke to me of how women often care for others while struggling for their own security and in this way belongs in Women Recreated as a sign of women's strength and resilience.