“2021” Shira Toren

Shira Toren is an American-Israeli Visual Artist. Born in Tel-Aviv, she moved to New York City to study fine art and design. Toren received her BFA from the Pratt Institute and An Associate Degree in Art Therapy from The New School. She Attended classes in Painting and Printmaking at The Art Students League, NYC.

Her work explores personal and global themes that reflect upon the environment. The Abstract Monochromatic paintings are process oriented. Using an eclectic method, uniquely developed by Toren, she rubs graphite powder, pigments and ink on to Venetian plaster substrates.

Ms.Toren is currently working at her studios in Brooklyn, NewYork and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Toren’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.


My work is to make unconscious emotion visceral. I implement a process-oriented approach in my practice, which uncovers the works’ themes as much as establishes them. I apply Venetian plaster, graphite powder and mineral pigments, accumulating these materials to achieve a nuanced sense of texture. Layers of material converge in abstract monochrome forms, creating a liminal space where pigments build and collapse. The various built surfaces in my work seemingly excavate elusive memories and their very nature. The final compositions embody this subtle conflict: a latent tension lingering between presence and absence, the rigid and the malleable.


Year: 2020

Materials: Venetian Plaster, pigment on Canvas

Size: 22x24x2


Year: 2019

Materials: Venetian Plaster, pigment on Canvas

Size: 30X36X2


As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.