Tori Tasch received a BFA from Carroll College with additional studies at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts. She combines paper-making, printmaking, and book arts techniques, often used to create immersive art installations. 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. Tasch has been a resident artist at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and OSUMA. She is currently State Board President of Wisconsin Visual Artists and President of Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. Tasch’s sculptural books have been exhibited extensively throughout the US, 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. She lives in Merton with her husband and dog. When she isn’t teaching or printing, she enjoys gardening, bike rides, reading, travel, stamp collecting and yoga.
"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. Travel brings a new awareness and understanding of other communities. I see justice and injustice everywhere I go. 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 opportunity offers new growth and experiences that are reflected in the work. I keep working and find a community or make my own.
Working in paper, fabric, and other fibrous materials, I appropriate traditional practices of printmaking, paper-making, and bookmaking, using them toward my own ends. I physically embed a sense of place and layer conceptual meaning into my work. Incorporating fibers from non-native species emphasizes the human impact on the environment. Each work is a process containing layers of information that the viewer is invited to sort and sift through in the hopes of discovering hidden meaning. Participating in residency programs fulfills the need to work in the studio and the desire to be involved. Residency programs are a fantastic way to finish a project, have the time and space to think about new ones and make work in a hyper-focused amount of time. It’s also an incredible opportunity to expand your network of friends and the power dynamic created through attending live events can create a transformative change that lasts over time."