Amy Torgeson is an artist working in printmaking and collage. Her work is influenced by nature, textiles and the colors and textures gathered through travel. She uses wooden typography blocks as the basis of her printing and is drawn to the graphic yet imperfect quality of printing with these blocks by hand. Her prints reflect a modern, abstract sensibility and often focus on the direct experience of color, shape, line and pattern. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children and works from her studio in Sausalito.
I use typography to explore abstraction. I like the constraint of using a limited set of tools and the graphic nature of type. One of my favorite elements is a simple repeat, but I’m drawn continually to the myriad ways shapes and colors can be sequenced and layered. Printing with type creates the form and structure I’m seeking while printing by hand keeps the process free and spontaneous and allows for the organic and sometimes irregular marks I like to see in a final print.
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The Ladies Room, San Francisco, Juror, Danielle Krysa, Curator, Jen Tough, Jen Tough Gallery
Of Printbearing Age, Second State Press, Curator, Sarah Pitrus
American Giant, The American Flag: Inspired
Bay Area Prints, Compound Gallery
Flora + Fauna, Jen Tough Gallery, Group Show, Juror, Jen Tough
Ink + Print: West Coast Juried Printmaking Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Juror, Nicole Pietrantoni
Arts Benicia, In the Fields: Botanical Lore, Juried Show, Juror, Jennifer Perlmutter
Marin Civic Center Galleries, 50th Anniversary Show
105th Annual California Society of Printmakers Show
Artist-in-Residence, Kala Art Institute
Uppercase Magazine, Issue 42, Surface Pattern Design Guide, page 61
Uppercase Magazine, Issue 35, Snippets, page, 88.
The Watercolour Ideas Book, Octopus Publishing Group, 2018, pages, 106-107, 134-135 and 150-151.
California Society of Printmakers
ICBAA Board Member