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  • “Pressure Print #2”Pressure Print #2

    This is week 3,layer 3. There are 24 images in the series.

Tori Tasch

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Tori Tasch loves to create. Her studio processes combine hand papermaking, printmaking, and book arts techniques. Making art gives shape and meaning to her life. She has supported artists as a mentor resident at RedLine Milwaukee for 7 years and has taught at St. Bruno’s Parish School 10 years. Currently taking a sabbatical from elementary education to focus on being the best independent art educator.In addition, Tasch has been a resident artist at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and OSUMA. Participating in residency programs allows her to fulfill the need to work in the studio with the need to be involved.Tasch is currently State Board President of Wisconsin Visual Artists and President of Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. Through WVA and MATA she supports the arts by engaging in the efforts to present exhibitions, programs and workshops by/for artists and the community. Tasch’s sculptural books have been exhibited extensively throughout the US, in addition to Japan, Mexico and Canada. Her work is included in private collections at the Brooklyn Art Library, UW-Milwaukee Special Collections, and the Saitama Art Museum.

artist statement

One of my favorite childhood memories is transferring the Sunday comics to silly putty and distorting the images. Stretching the image led to sketchbooks filled with crazy cartoons. Forty years later I continue to experiment with printmaking and transfer processes, often incorporating altered book pages and discarded ephemera into new pieces. Experimentation is essential to becoming successful at mastering a particular medium, genre or technique.

Working in paper, fabric, and other fibrous materials, I appropriate traditional practices of printmaking and bookmaking, using them toward my own ends. The results are collections of objects that combine the intimate details of books, the dynamic form of sculpture, and the community engagement of social practice. Each book is a process containing layers of information that the viewer is invited to sort and sift through in the hopes of discovering hidden meaning.