Joshua Torkelson’s work takes a critical eye to human-centric constructions of time, often referencing natural markers such as waves and rocks, as well as objects that have been altered by the passage of time. His work engages the intersections of photography and sculpture and uses a diverse array of materials from clay and photographic prints, to plaster and burnt wood. Joshua is inspired by the infinite variability of familiar and often banal things, and his work frequently invokes everyday markers of time from the temporally vast to the minute. In his use of ephemeral and changing materials, as well as permanent and unchanging materials, he asks viewers to step outside human-time scales and to engage with the world in a different way.


Joshua is based in the Twin Cities, MN.