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My work is an investigation of how the mind and body relate to each other through trauma. The images refer to the physicality of being human and the history of what a body has endured, physically and psychologically. I use gouache, graphite, and charcoal to abstract the figure, expressing physiological and visceral experiences in the human form. Over the years the pathologies attributed to abuse, assault, disease, and chronic pain in my personal life have loosened their hold as I continue to process them in my images. I find this journey to be a commitment to healing and resisting the forces, internal and external, that would prefer for me to reject my body. Through this work I can meditate on the strange and uncomfortable experience of inhabiting a body, and through this investigation I repair the relationship I have to my own physicality.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 my work has taken a drastic shift to focus more on my surroundings. Historically, my paintings haven taken place in spaces that are imaginary, psychological, or abstract. I can see a mark of my healing when I’m wanting to draw not abstract concepts but the literal things that surround me. It shows me that I want to be in my reality, be present in my body, and in the spaces that I occupy.



Since 2008, Rubenstein’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and public spaces, including Co-Exhibitions, Northrup King Building, and Public Functionary. In 2013 she earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Since 2015 Rubenstein has shared a studio in the California Building of Northeast Minneapolis. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak she participated in monthly and annual open studio events, such as Second Saturday Open Studios and Art-A-Whirl. Rubenstein is Head of the marketing committee at the California Building; promoting exposure for working artists. In November of 2019 she completed a three month Artist Residency program at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. During her time she began producing large-scale paintings and led artist talks to the Paonia community. She currently serves as a panelist for Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s (MRAC) Art Project Support.



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Financial support from my patrons provides me with time and resources to focus on creating new art, applying for artist opportunities, and investing in new supplies or equipment for my painting studio.

I am offering Patreon awards for as low as a $1 monthly subscription. My awards include limited edition signed prints of my work, access to my private art blog and surprise art in the mail. There are long term awards available for subscribers for $20 or over, including original paintings and 15% off commissioned work. 


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2205 California St NE
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Minneapolis, MN 55418
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