Christa Toole creates sculptural paintings using oil paint, metal, plastic,
wax among other materials. She often incorporates organic or biological
elements and common objects into her work. The juxtaposition and
abstraction of these objects forces the viewer to reexamine and reevaluate
their significance or meaning. She has exhibited her work in several
galleries and art spaces in New York City and has participated in shows in
Los Angeles, Italy and Germany. She received a BA from Vassar College as a
fine art major with a concentration in painting and attended Rhode Island
School of Design focusing in painting. She is a member of Open Ground,
Nurture Art, The Exhibitionists and is the founder of Artistsnyc.com.
Ms. Toole plays with transformations, juxtapositions, and mood in her work. She often incorporates figurative elements presenting everyday objects in unexpected ways. Common objects are enlarged and abstracted forcing the viewer to reexamine and reevaluate their significance or meaning. The relationship between the original purpose of the object and the resulting image suggests larger implications to humanity. The process of building and manipulating materials is vital to her work. Each piece begins with an idea or expression that is then built upon and transformed into the final image. Through the art making process, the artwork evolves; the final piece is a discovery. She uses oil paint, metal, plastic, wax among other materials. Formal elements are important; form and line infuse depth into the paintings. Expressive brushwork, layers of paint and carefully chosen color give the work great emotive power to build a powerful final product.