Jenny Toth, ‘Octopussy’, 2005, Tabla Rasa Gallery

About Jenny Toth

Known for painting fantastical, anxiety-ridden narrative scenes with a touch of humor, Jenny Toth works from direct observation, sometimes with the aid of elaborate set-ups and props. Typically, the scenes she transcribes onto canvas or paper constitute a variation on self-portraiture, stemming from her interest in how women choose to portray themselves versus how male artists have traditionally depicted them. Including “flaws” like a deformed toe or hairy legs underscores her premium on honesty over vain attempts at conforming to conventional beauty standards. Through portraits of herself hiding behind a cactus, a fisherman’s net, or a mask, Toth explores themes of inner struggle, fear of loneliness, and wariness of intimate commitment. Exemplifying Toth’s recent abstract-leaning work, Murderous Thoughts (2009) and Just Married (2009) are deconstructed scenes of fragmented body parts and layered perspectives.

American, based in New York, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

EQUUS, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn