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Tomo Mori

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Osaka, Japan

Birth year

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York


The Atlanta College of Art, 1995, BFA

photography, surrealism, mixed-media, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance

Artist Statement & Bio

Artist Statement: Tomo Mori

Last 2 years, I have been working exclusively in a meticulous, hands-on process of canvas-on-canvas collage. I developed this signature method in 2010 purely through experimentation: I chopped up some old paintings to restructure a new painting. The images echo the pixilation of the digital age while the method itself harkens back to a more time-honored tradition. Because so many images can be composed on computer rather effortlessly, I strive to bring back the value of detailed craftsmanship in my work.

After traveling the world from Bamako to Hanoi and living in the multicultural social extreme of New York City, I increasingly see truth and beauty as aggregated small pieces. I use squares, dots and shapes of many colors to represent people. A myriad of hues and tones go beyond ethnicity to reflect the full spectrum of our different feelings, circumstances and experiences. No truth or beauty comes in one color. Feelings have sizes, temperatures and colors. Each painting in the “Aggregate” series attempts to tap into as many of these variations as possible, pursuing the beauty of universal co-existence.

Bio: Tomo Mori

Tomo Mori was born in Shijonawate, the countryside of Osaka, Japan. Tomo studied art at Kimoto Art School, Miyabi Calligraphy School, Tokyo Metropolitan High School for Fine Art and earned BFA from the Atlanta Collage of Art (renamed to SCAD Atlanta).

Tomo has shown her work in New York, Atlanta and Tokyo including Rogue Space Chelsea, chashama, Dwyer Center, Canvas Paper Stone Gallery, Renaissance Fine Art, Knox Gallery, Bill Lowe Gallery and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum. She received the congressional record for her winning painting for Bid on Culture banner design contest for 1011 and 2012. In 2011, she was selected as one of 5 finalists out of 120+ submissions to present a proposal for MTA Art in Transit.

Tomo currently lives in West Harlem, New York City, as her creative base, as she continues to explore the world experiencing new cultures to add more palettes for her artwork and life.

Recent Exhibits

Tomo Mori participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2014 COLOR PLAY
La Maison d'Art
Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba
Jun, 2014 H O M E
Sugar Hill Apartments
May, 2014 Black & White
Art in FLUX Harlem at Aloft Hotel
Nov, 2012 10 Squared: 100 Ways of Looking at the World
The LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Mar, 2012 Nature's Return
The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC Parks & Recreation
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