The Art Store showing Christybomb with a surprise.

Googly-Eyed in Wonderland continues through December 1, 2018 at The Art Store.

Chill Out with new works by Christybomb at The Art Store during Black Friday ArtWalk on November 23. Meet the artist, forget how much turkey you ate and be prepared for some BIG visual surprises! More surprise details will be available starting Wednesday, November 21 on our website and on all our social media. The Thanksgiving Day edition of the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper will reveal yet another surprise. We look forward to seeing you during ArtWalk.

Christybombs latest exhibit, ’Googly-Eyed in Wonderland’ draws on elements of an autobiographical nostalgia stemming from happiness, innocence and youthful fantasies of her childhood, like Hello Kitty, Candy Land, Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka. The works presented strive to create a whimsical wonderland of fine art, with forms, skulls, and magical creatures that, while complex and layered, are familiar and approachable.

The majority of the works in this show contain the craft googly eye. The eye is one of the most powerful symbols known to many cultures. It can be an indicator of good, evil, protection, wisdom, mystery and secrecy. Traditionally, eyes are thought to be the gateway into the soul. Looking someone in the eye is a western custom of honesty. In today’s zeitgeist, social media is more powerful than ever, pushing the notion that the eye can also represent surveillance. Paparazzi and celebrity are everywhere. The googly eye is Christybomb’s way of tackling the idea of surveillance as we see it. Indeed, the googly eye not only reminds us of these things, but also aims to create a playful transcendence of cheerful days gone by.Christy Lee, better known as Christybomb, is a visual artist based out of New York City and Charleston, West Virginia. The “Christybomb" moniker was given to her by her friends because of the energy and vivaciousness embodied within her art. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Art Store is located in the Downtown Charleston at 233 Hale Street. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10-5:30; Saturday 10-5. For further information please call 304-345-1038 or visit us online at Christybomb’s website is

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