Torina Stark

Artist Bio

Torina Stark is a textile shape shifter, mixed media artist, writer and teacher. Torina combines her love of nature with different mediums to create art that challenges the ordinary. Her work is visually-layered creating a sense of how craft and art walk hand-in-hand with nature. When she creates, she draws on her experiences of living immersed in the northwoods of Minnesota to establish a sense that we are firmly connected to and affecting our Earth. Torina uses her art as therapy to cope with her disabilities and also to put her voice into a world that undervalues humans who are not in the traditional workforce.

In addition, Torina’s art and photography has been featured by UPPERCASE Magazine, HUE Magazine, The Stewardship Project, Tiny Seeds Literary Journal, Izaak Walton League and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency often in relation to art that promotes environmental stewardship. She is also an award winning photographer and fiber artist.


Artist Statement

My work accompanies me in all facets of my life. Each medium I use intertwines with the next. Nature’s complexities and beauty infuses each piece with its tendrils, infectious and comforting. Regardless of medium, color and shape guide me to capture the many beautiful facets of entire universes that reside within seemingly individual life forms.

Grants & Awards

  • 2022 Creative Support for Individuals Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board
  • 2021 Emergency Working Artist Project Grant, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
  • 2020 Save Our Streams Photo Contest Winner, Izaak Walton League
  • 2020 Emergency Artist Relief Grant, Springboard for the Arts
  • 2019 Rural Arts and Culture Summit Scholarship, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
  • 2017 “Modern Rosie”, First Place Cross Stitch Category, Carlton County Fair

Exhibitions

Group

2020 “Making A Way”, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana www.southbendart.org

2020 “Making A Way,” Winfisky Gallery Salem State University, Massachusetts https://www.salemstate.edu/calendar/making-way-virtual-exhibition

2019 “Tiny Pricks Project”, Speedwell Projects, Portland, ME; currently in a traveling exhibition

2019 “Fantastic Fibers”, Crossing Arts Gallery, Brainerd, MN

Solo

2020 “Goodbye Birds”, Pine Knot Gallery, Cloquet, MN - cancelled due to COVID-19 - will reconvene post pandemic

Selected Works

E-Book

Skillshare Class

100 Day Project

Teaching

Oct 2019 - present Nature Journaling: Beginning a Daily Practice, skillshare.com 

Mar 2020 - present Nature Journaling: 10 Winter Journal Prompts, skillshare.com

Because of pandemic internet connectivity issues, classes will not be released until connectivity improves.


Publications/Books

Stark, Torina, “Rituals and routines of the creative process”, artwork and short essay featured in UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue #52, 2022

Stark, Torina, “Here It Comes: A Pandemic Predictive Essay”, Quaranzine, Prove Gallery, January 2021

Duluth Art Institute HUE Online Magazine, Fiber Artist Interview with Torina Stark, Fall 2020

Stark, Torina, “Poetic Self-Portrait”, artwork feature in UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue #47,     October 2020

Stark, Torina, “Weeds,” artwork feature in Tiny Seeds Literary Journal, Summer 2020 

Stark, Torina, “The Power of the Gitchi Gami”, artwork featured in UPPERCASE Magazine pg 66, Issue #45, April 2020

Stark, Torina, Introduction to Nature Journaling: Beginning a Daily Practice, KDP Publishing, January 2020, no ISBN (ebook)

Stark, Torina, “Sewing in a remote location”, theSewcialists.com, October 11, 2019

Stark, Torina, “Monitoring Our Streams”, Nemadji Watershed Wire, Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District, Summer 2019, front page article

Stark, Torina, Reflections, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency citizen scientist water monitor 2018 yearbook, April 2019, article on page 29

Stark, Torina, “Sewing for an asymmetrical body”, theSewcialists.com, January 24, 2019  

Using Format