at Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn NY June 24
Curated by Libby Clarke
Shelley Thorstensen has expertise in all printmaking techniques, specializing in hand pulled color multi-print media. Her work is part deep personal archive, part printmaking evangelism, woven together in fabric of color, metaphor and commentary. Art critic Edward Sozanski wrote of her work “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”.
Shelley Thorstensen states, “My work is a result of the confluence of inner and outer stimuli. It’s a result of personal narrative as much as observed affect. It derives as much from experience as it does from answered and unanswered questioning. I think about the connection between the manmade and what we call natural and the extension and overlap of each modality. Sometimes in my work, things are sure footed, sometimes less so. The forms evolve, they turn and I rely on a sense, for which I cannot always find a proper name, to hesitate the turning, to coalesce a given form. The Sufis, grounded in the ecstatic fragility of daily life, call the turning Zikr, the call of the heart, the way of remembering. The hesitation helps me to stay grounded in what is often called the Unified Field. These meditational practices give me the best ability to get at meaning. This is how I ultimately make my way in the world and in my work”.
Recent solo shows include: Field Studies: The Scheme of Things, University of the Arts (fall 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.