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  • “Pressure Print #2”Pressure Print #2

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

  • “Pressure Print #1”Pressure Print #1

    Artist in residence at Studio 224. This is Layer 5 in a 12 layer process using a lot of transparent base.

  • “Work in progress”Work in progress

    Currently working on a series of pressure prints at Studio 224.

  • “Dolores”Dolores

    Transparent print layers with resin, wood and found objects.

  • “Nurturer”Nurturer

    St Agnes meets Pin Up Jean Crane. Both are shown with animals.

  • “Martyr”Martyr

    St. Marie meets Marilyn Monroe

  • “Scholar”Scholar

    Shelley Winters meets St. Theresa of Avila in this work from the series Pin Up Saints.

  • “Lust”Lust

    St. Gabriel from the series Pin Up Saints. Transparent print layers, resin, collage on wood base with found objects

  • “Queen”Queen

    From the series: Pin Up Saints I was researching saints for my students and became curious about the passive poses of the saints in the images. They reminded me of pin up posters from the 50’s. I started making transparent layers using Photoshop and then created translucent layers with transparencies and resin. The layers are suspended over another print, mounted on a wood panel. They are beautiful and reverential

  • “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.

  • “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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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.

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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.