The process in which Shira Toren applies pigment to the surface is her point of departure. Hematite Ink, Graphite and Venetian Plaster dictates are her tonal palette. In multiple layered surfaces, the mineral ink when mixed with water follows the brushstroke and deposits pigment at the edges of the line, akin to the sediment a flowing river deposits along the banks. She introduces imagery into her abstractions, taken from residues of her visual recollections and imprints of small objects or scenescapes. The painting invokes vague memories, aged images - like old photographs, worn, partly-faded, and treasured.
Shira Toren is an American-Israeli artist. Born in Tel-Aviv. She moved to New York City to study fine art and design. Toren received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and an Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School. She attended classes in Paintings and Printmaking at The Arts Student League in New York.
Ms. Toren is currently working in her studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.