I’ve always been drawn to typography--the shape, line and aliveness of individual and combined letters and numbers. And I’ve always loved printmaking in all its forms. Hand block printing with wooden type is especially appealing because I like the challenge of creating movement and energy with a fixed form. How do I use a rigid block to create marks that bend and move on paper? Printing with type allows for a graphic quality while printing by hand keeps the work rich and tactile. I enjoy the constraint of working with a set of tools and seeing how far I can push the possibilities as well as responding to the sometimes rough and irregular marks and seeing this process present in the final print.
Amy Torgeson is an artist working in hand block printing and screen printing. Her work is influenced by nature, sculpture, 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 working with these blocks by hand. Her prints reflect a modern, abstract sensibility and often focus on color, pattern and movement.