Sculpted Paper; printmaking; photographyTheresa Van Ornum
“Her work continuously invites her to explore more deeply for greater depth and meaning and ever-evolving consciousness.”
Theresa Van Ornum has been making art in a wide variety of media for over 40 years. She has also been working as an acupuncturist for 30 years and runs a busy clinic in Redlands, California.
Over time integration has taken place between her making and her practice of healing arts, each area feeding and inspiring the other. Her work continuously invites her to explore more deeply for greater depth and meaning and ever-evolving consciousness.
Theresa divides her art-making time between her home studio in Redlands, twice a year in either Albuquerque or Santa Fe, New Mexico, and springtime in Florence, Italy. Her art weaves elements and energy from the rich landscape, history, and ethnic diversity of these various spaces and places. My current work is a mixture of the following:
Working with clay she makes from ground recycled paper, Theresa sculpts lightweight forms for wall display, freestanding figures, and bowls as well as jewelry. She started out making only bowls and began calling the entire line of design “Paperboli” which eventually grew to include other forms with various functions.
Layering and combining techniques such as monotype, collagraph, dry point, linocut and solar plate, incorporating drawing, chine colle, collage and encaustic.
Theresa’s photography is a way of not only engaging more deeply with a place and enabling her to record detail, often the imagery becomes elemental in other works on paper, especially her printmaking.