Jocelyn Toffic

artist statement


Jocelyn Toffic is a figurative narrative artist working mainly in oil, although she dabbles in mixed media assemblages, video, and live/dead animal installations. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Art and Art History Department where she received a fellowship for her final year of undergraduate study. Jocelyn is also co-founder and co-curator of the ARTpm Challenge at BUOY Gallery, a late Winter event open to the public designed to further develop a community of creativity in the seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine, where the artist lives. She is also the founder of Avalon North, a women’s club and art collective in Dover, NH.

Jocelyn exhibits her work extensively in New England, and occasionally NYC and San Francisco. She has done two winter Icelandic artist residencies. The first at HEIMA in Seydisfjordur and the second in Hafnarfjordur. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Icelandic Phallological Museum and Hafnarborg Museum.

Her most recent focus is a large scale series working title ​Through Dangers Untold.​ This series has been ongoing since 2009. This body of work makes its own mythology but was based heavily on an academic level study of world mythologies with a focus on the teachings of Joseph Campbell and Nordic Mythology (specifically the prose Edda of the Icelandic Sagas). These large tapestry-like narrations allude to great battles between men and monsters and children, who know more of the darkness than we give them credit for. It is a series born of plots unknown, deep mysteries that respond to questions with only more questions. Like the ancient cave paintings, they come from a gutteral primal place, and leave a mark.  And they are filled with darkness. Lest we forget that darkness is real and a part of the human tapestry and as deserving of honor, as the light.