A Mother’s Heart, 2002
Etching, relief, and screen print, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾ in.
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia
Purchase, Charles Knox Smith Fund, 2003
Our eyes are tactile organs. We trace form, the feel of what we see; we see and remember. Thorstensen’s work takes an unmediated leap from vision to print. Traditional printmaking - intaglio, lithography and silkscreen - marry seamlessly in layer upon layer, attesting to external and internal reflections, to the duality of body and mind. Ultimately, Thorstensen uses printmaking technology as a tool, not unlike a brush on canvas, to create work that records the splendor around us as well as the uncertainty of our existence.