Camphor Studios

The art space finally has a name, Camphor Studios.


With the weather warming up, I have been spending more and more time at the studio. Its beautiful there. I am planting a small container garden of edible flowers and vegetables (including this lovely viola above). And, of course, working away on the self-portrait series.

Thank you to all who came to the party last night. It was a lot of fun. We are planning many more events for the summer. The first being an art sale and opening party on June 14th. Hope to see you there!

More Website Updates

Continuing on my mission of website supplementation, I have added another section of photography. It consists of my most recent series of pinhole photographs, which has been created with tiny homemade cameras.Color photography is brand new to me, but I am enjoying the results.
Here’s a link.

MinnPost Article on 55408

I was written about in a recent article by Molly Priesmeyer for MinnPost about the Minneapolis 55408 exhibition. Priesmeyer was kind enough to discuss the motivation behind my work in some detail, and I was most impressed with her interpretation of my print, I am Fine. She nailed it.

“Tonja Torgerson’s screen print, “I Am Fine,” is a portrait of a girl with snaking leaves framing her head, the ends of which are festooned with two syringes. The word “okay” has been crossed out and replaced with “fine.” While the design and colors are cheery and childlike, the image tells a more complicated story: a struggle, an illness, a push to put on a pretty face in the midst of it all.” –Molly Priesmeyer

An image of ThinkGirl Poster was also included in the article. Talent artists and colleagues, Ellen Mueller and Isaac Arvold, were also featured in the article.

You can read the full article on MinnPost.com

Artwork Featured in the Southwest Journal

My artwork is featured in the Southwest Journal for an article on Minneapolis 55408 at Intermedia Arts. A small image of I am Fine, is featured on the front page of the current issue (above). And the inside spread features a great picture of one of the ThinkGirl Posters (see image below). The Southwest Journal is available through out the Uptown area, so pick up a copy and check out the article. Its very exciting, especially since the opening is only two days away!