Shelley Thorstensen: Lecture, Demo and Workshop
August 20 and 21, 2016
Workshop: Presto Intaglio Intensive
After showing us her work on Saturday morning, Shelley will spend the afternoon demonstrating a series of possibilities that could enhance your intaglio work including many forms of color intaglio. She will cover using stencils, a la poupé, chine collé with various hand printed papers made from a variety of substrates including pronto plate lithographs, viscosity (intaglio and monoprinted), various multiple plates in registration, photocopy transfer, trace monoprint, relief, collograph and collage.
On Sunday, bring your plates! Using your current work and plates as a catalyst, Shelley will work individually with you to discover what aspects that she demonstrated are vital to your work and how to successfully explore and expand your vision. In this way, the workshop provides participants time to incorporate new ways of working into their artistic practice.
Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques. Her work was described by Edward Sozanski of the Philadelphia Inquirer as “definitely not figurative or narrative; the closest I can come to a general characterization is romantic abstraction. The prints are for the most part palpably emotional effusions; some of the color prints, such as Eating Light and Repeat After Me, are intensely lyrical and poetic. One can readily believe that the artist is deeply engaged - not only with the images that emerge as she works, but with the process of making them… The ease with which she combines these processes and exploits their individual strengths gives her prints uncommon presence and, more often than not, transcendent beauty.”
Recent solo shows include: From As Above, Wagner College 2016, Field Studies: The Scheme of Things, University of the Arts (2015), Since the River Spoke at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, (2013), This the Smoke from when the Horses Left at the Painted Bride (2011), Counterpoint: The Leap from Vision to Print at Woodmere Art Museum (2010) and The Preponderance of Evidence at The Print Center (2009).
Shelley Thorstensen has an undergraduate degree in Experimental Studies from Syracuse University, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY, and a graduate degree in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia, PA. She is the founder of Printmakers Open Forum and teaches printmaking at Tyler School of Art. Her work can be found internationally including Cleveland Art Museum, Kenosha Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Palmer Art Museum, Royal Museum of Art (Antwerp), Woodmere Art Museum.