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.