Shelley Thorstensen (Oxford, PA) is a graduate of Tyler School of Art of Temple University, in Elkins Park, PA. Thorstensen is a printmaker concerned primarily with medium. She proposes that medium can comprise a significant part of an artwork’s meaning, and aims to marry traditional printmaking techniques with modern, digital styles to evoke a sense of relative reality transcending virtual conceptions of printmaking. As her printmaking is a duet between tactile and virtual, Thorstensen insists that artwork is a physical representation of the artist’s consciousness: a duality of body and mind, physical and mental. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Royal Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and Polymetaal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Thorstensen has exhibited throughout Philadelphia at the Muse Gallery, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, The Print Center, Woodmere Art Museum, and the Painted Bride Art Center. She has also expanded beyond her home city, in a group exhibit at Galeria Brita, Madrid, Spain and several locations in New York City. Thorstensen also participated in the Hollar Gallery Invitational Society of American Graphic Artists in Prague, CZ, the Printmaking in the New World Order of the Multiple Impact 6 Printmaking Conference in the UK, and Fusion: International Contemporary Intaglio Print Invitational Exhibition at the Guanlan International Print Biennial in China.
Shelly Thorstensen owns and operates the Printmakers Open Forum, a printmaking studio and workshop.