There is a sense of history in Shira's paintings. They are built up patiently like the hands of potters that their surfaces resemble, but left to be scratched and marked by some unknown force. Even the central objects are pressed into the thick layer of venetian plaster instead of sitting on top. In a world of polished surfaces, Shira's use of materials restores the power of time.
Shira Toren is an American-Israeli artist. Born in Tel-Aviv. She moved to New York City to study fine art and design.Toren received her BFA from Pratt Institute and an Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School. She attended classes in Paintings and Printmaking at The Arts Student League in New York. Ms. Toren is currently working in her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.