Memories of Ivanhoe (1998)
This installation honors a set of demitasse cups which was given to the artist by her maternal grandmother ~ the pattern name, Ivanhoe. One of Rust's fondest memories is drinking tea with my grandmother from these cups. Although she does not recall being held by her grandmother, the cups represent warmth and security as Rust peers into their depths. The warm glow from the tiny receptacles and the tiny openings represented in the canvases somehow seem as safe and secure as her grandmother’s arms might have been. The cups are used as a symbol of femininity, a holding receptacle of warmth. And the paintings also symbolize femininity for essentially the same reason.