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Artist Groening, Torrie
Title Studio Tests of the Senses - Nature (State Proof 4/5 ed. 50)
Accession # 000.33.193
Object Type print
Date 1999
Medium serigraph, ink
Support paper
Dimensions H-90 W-61 cm
Description Torrie Groening's study of the senses does not include the classical visual interpretations of art historians and scholars. Instead, her approach is more subjective, focusing on the cross-sensory metaphors that the brain perceives and organizes. Touching on themes such as synaesthesia (the union of at least two senses as a result of one sensory experience), Groening demonstrates that the senses work together in perception, and may evoke the experience of additional sensory experiences as the mind attempts to classify or "make sense" of the experience. By giving the work a specific title, the artist sets up a series of parameters and clues for the viewer. As a result, each viewer will read the work in a unique manner, following the visual cues of the artist.

Biographical Information:

Torrie Groening's involvement in over 25 years of printmaking has included roles as artist, master printer, teacher, gallerist, and collector of works on paper. Groening spent a decade in California focussing on digital work before returning to Vancouver to combine traditional printmaking and photography with digital. In her current work, she layers altered photographs of drawings, prints, objects, and landscapes to create complex photo-based collages. Her prints are included in museum and public collections across Canada and the USA.