Tomo Mori / 毛利友 was born in the countryside of Osaka, Japan. She studied fundamental painting and drawing at Tokyo Metropolitan High School for Art, and graduated from Atlanta College of the Art with a BFA. After experiencing life in the Caribbean, Latin America, and West Africa, she currently resides in New York City focusing on her collage work and mixed media installations.
Tomo's work has been exhibited in New York City, Atlanta, Liestal (Switzerland) and Tokyo. In 2011 and 2014, she was selected as a semi-finalist for MTA Art & Design.
She is also the Regional Winner of the New York metro area for Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series contest with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and will be exhibiting at SCOPE Miami Beach in December 2014.
In recent years, I find myself returning to images that are melting, dripping, streaming and flowing. In my work, “fluidity” represents memories being alive with subtle movements and electrons as in all living organisms of the universe.
I believe what we remember about our feelings from past are formed by an aggregate of elements. But with time and other information, those elements can manipulate, regenerate or fade.
When I was four my family moved to a neighborhood in Tokyo where there were beautiful cherry blossom trees. I was overwhelmed by their beauty and I remember we were all laughing. More than 30 years have passed and many things changed. The memory of the day exists in my heart yet the visual memory as whole quietly keeps changing.
To present this concept as a static visual art form I create slight sense of movement and a source of energy with thousands of small bits of colors. I like using literary ‘all colors’ to connect the world to my introspective visions. With a great, child-like excitement I attempt to unleash all possibilities of colors. I find some similarity in experimental music and dance for their creative process.
The ‘bits’ concept was originally inspired by the digital images created by thousands of tiny pixels. I developed the technique of canvas-on-canvas collage utilizing the traditional mosaic making. My process is extremely meticulous yet spontaneous in its execution, allowing natural instinct to guide the creativity and momentum of the work.