Jenny Toth, an artist living in Manhattan, works in varied media, including oil painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, stained glass and jewelry.
Although she works directly from observation, Toth often creates elaborate backgrounds with unusual props. She is particularly interested in self-portraits, which she uses as a transformative contrast to traditional views of women as depicted by male artists. These probing portraits explore themes of inner struggle, fear of loneliness, and wariness of intimate commitment.
Toth also is drawn to fantastical narratives that combine animals with human forms, images that evoke discordant themes of power, anger, and passion. Many of these works are surprisingly illuminated with off-beat humor.
Jenny Toth received a B.A. degree from Smith College and an M.F.A. from Yale University in Painting. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Wagner College on Staten Island.