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  • “Blue Bug”Blue Bug

    Our survival is linked to the fate of insects; we need bugs to eat pests, to recycle nutrients, and to maintain our soils. Papers are covered with a calligraphy of screen print and transfer print processes on altered book pages, often discarded books from the science department

  • “Tokyo; From the City Book Series”Tokyo; From the City Book Series

    Travel is an antidote for stale studio practice. This series holds the memories and discoveries of each place.

  • “Vancouver, From The City Book Series”Vancouver, From The City Book Series

    The book is a source of knowledge. Ephemera from travel is incorporated. Transfer processes layered on cut paper to replicate personal memories of my favorite cities. City Books are travel journals and a link between art and life.

  • “The Centerfold Series”The Centerfold Series

    Butterflies are a symbol of nature. They are lithe, beautiful, and graceful like the women in the centerfold images. Creating books is a daily ritual and ecological investigation. Each book is a specimen, hand- made individually, but displayed as part of a collection.

  • “Endangered”Endangered

    Screen print and transfer processes on folded book. My passions for repurposing materials and using layered printmaking processes have merged in a series of unique handmade books featuring found objects and pamphlet stitched pages.

  • “The Butterfly Effect”The Butterfly Effect

    Screen printed pedestal and folded book with lutradur and transfer processes. I started folding prints into sculptural house books after visiting Japan and working with friends and visitors during a demonstration at the Saitama Museum. I frequently use repurposed pages from old books and plan to add fragrance to the pages of future books. The house is a place commonly associated with women. It is the intersection of social history and identity. As a book, it is also a source of information, containing personal and cultural memory.

Tori Tasch

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Tasch teaches art to 3K-8th grade at St. Bruno Parish School, Dousman, WI and is a mentor artist at RedLine Milwaukee. She is the Exhibitions Chair for Wisconsin Visual Artists South East Chapter, serves on the Board for Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art and maintains an active studio practice. Tasch has exhibited her sculptural books extensively in the Midwest as well as New York, Vancouver, Mexico and Japan. She lives in Merton, WI with her husband and terrier. In addition to making art she enjoys bike riding, gardening, and reading.

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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.