Tomo Mori

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Sleep like melting butter, 2012 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 12 X 22 © (c) Tomo Mori
Chocolate Waterfall, 2011 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 30 X 40 © (C) Tomo Mori
Feelings, 2011 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 24 X 24 © (c) Tomo Mori
Reflection of a boy 1, 2011 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 30 X 40 © (c) Tomo Mori
Fantasma Cartagenera, 2010 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 48 X 48 © (c) Tomo Mori
Inside, 2010 Wood Chips On Wood Panel 16 X 20 © (c) Tomo Mori
Cuando la luna llora, 2010 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 40" X 40" © (c) Tomo Mori
Vissi d'Arte, 2012 Acrylic,Canvas On Canvas Collage 20 X 20
10x10 series, 2010 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage 10x10 9 Pieces
temperature of her lips, November 2001 Acrylic On Water Color Paper 11x17 © (c) Tomo Mori
76 clases de felicidad , September 2006 Acrylic On Canvas + Chinese Vintage Fabric 24x24 © (c) Tomo Mori
Burning Mountain, 2010 Acrylic, Canvas On Canvas Collage
Quick Facts
Osaka, Japan
Birth year
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Atlanta College Of Art / SCAD Atlanta, 1995, BFA
mixed-media, surrealism, photography, 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.

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