Tomo Mori has created a body of work rooted in a process of cutting up and re-envisioning the past to create a new future. Embodying a visceral sense of color and geometric structure, her earlier works are mosaics of small, hand-cut pieces of painted canvas, re-assembled as abstract representations of moments and processes in a life that signifies constant transition.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Mori attended college in Atlanta and later moved to New York City, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. As a person of mixed Japanese and American heritage and as a mother with inconsistent access to separate studio space, she has learned to integrate her creative life with her cultural heritage and domestic existence, blurring the lines between different aspects of her identity as a woman.
More recently, she has begun to incorporate discarded fabrics and other repurposed fabrics into her practice, both as the elements for her complex mosaic constructions and as the raw materials for homemade ropes, which she then turns into three-dimensional sculptures.
Lately, she is also experimenting with her own line of patterns which will eventually find their way into new mosaics. In addition to her smaller works, Mori has created numerous pieces of public art, including installations for Columbia University's Miller Theatre, NYC’s MTA Art and Design and Governor’s Island.
The Atlanta College of Art (renamed to SCAD Atlanta), 1991-1995. BFA.
Tokyo Metropolitan High School for Music & Fine Art, 1988-1991.
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2019: This Life Given, 360-degree mural installation at Governors Island Nolan Park 10. Curated by Savona Bailey/West Harlem Art Fund.
2014-2018: The Wheels of the Bus, MTA Art & Design, Manhattanville Bus Depot. Metal sculpture and laminated glass commission.
2016-2017: Concerto Encircling, Miller Theatre at Columbia University. A site-specific installation/mural commission. A part of Uptown Triennial 2017.
2013: What circulates, Play(LABS), Solar-powered fountain installation. East Harlem community garden, New York NY.
2013: Introspection, 300sq feet glass wall installation. Wix Lounge, New York NY.
2013: Ken Ken Pa!, Laundromat Project, Sidewalk Mural. Art in Flux, New York NY.
2013: Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill. The City College of New York.
2013: Spring will be here for everyone, Window Art at East Harlem Cafe, New York, NY.
2012: I’m home, MTA Art in Transit: Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot. Selected as a semi-finalist.
2020: CADAF Online, curated by Roberta Fineberg/99 Prints.
2017: CT Contemporary Art Fair, Bedford Square, Westport, CT.
2015: FLUX ART FAIR, New York, NY.
2014: SCOPE Miami Beach, Rush Arts Gallery/Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Miami, FL.
SOLO / 2 ARTIST EXHIBITIONS
2020: I See You. The Work by TAFA and Tomo Mori. Chashama Space to Present, Immigrant Artist Series. New York, NY
2019: ROPE, curated by Ramona Candy. St. Joseph College, Brooklyn, NY.
2018: Sanctuary, curated by Judy Ferrara. Judy Ferrara Gallery, Three Oaks, MI.
2017-18: Search for Warmth, Porter Advisory/Jessica Porter/The Yard. New York, NY.
2014: Color Play, Tomo Mori & Capucine Bourcart, La Maison d’Art Gallery, New York, NY.
2013: Aggregate, recent canvas collage work and glass installation collaboration with contemporary dance performance. Wix Lounge, New York NY.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020: Art of Healing, Art on the Ave, curated by Lisa DuBois. New York, NY.
2020: Project Projection, Art Forms Us. New York, NY.
2020: Splash, Harlem Art Walk. El Barrio Art Space, New York, NY.
2019: Self Alive, curated by Deborah Pannel at The Yard, South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
2018: Returning to the River, Art in Flux Harlem curated by Leanne Stella. New York, NY.
2017: Intertwined, chashama 470 Vanderbilt, curated by Charlotte Mouquin and Christina Massy.
2017: We are stronger together, Barnes Foundation/Rush Art Philly, Philadelphia, PA.
2017: Songs of Freedom, Art in Flux Harlem / JCC Harlem, New York, NY.
2017: Field Project, show #42: STRING THEORIES online exhibition. New York, NY.
2017: Reflection of Monk, Inspired Images of Music & Moods Ill, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY.
2017: POSTED TO NEW YORK, The Padlock Group / Art in Flux, ALOFT Harlem, New York, NY.
2017: Summer Show, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT.
2016: Her Story, Leroy Neiman Art Center, New York, NY.
2016: Harlem is… DANCE, Community Works/MIST Harlem, New York, NY.
2016: Mixx Projects + Atelier, Telluride, CO.
2016: Judy Ferrara Gallery, Three Oaks, MI.
2015: Molting, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ.
2015: Definitive, chashama 461 closing show, New York, NY.
2015: chashama annual open studio, New York, NY.
2015: Mixx Projects + Atelier, Telluride, CO.
2015: Judy Ferrara Gallery, Three Oaks, MI.
2014: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Semi-Finalist Show, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
2014: Kirschblüte. Museum BL, Liestal, Switzerland.
2014: Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods II, Dwyer Cultural Center, New York, NY.
2014: VISIONS, ROOTS & RHYTHMS: Music Inspired Visuals. Wilmer Jennings Gallery, New York, NY.
2014: HOME - If you build it by No Longer Empty, Sugar Hill Children's Museum, New York.
2014: The Black and White Show, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY.
2014: Women's History Month show at the Interchurch Center, New York, NY.
2014: I Kan Do Dat - Contemporary Abstract Art by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Salena Gallery.
2014: 16th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS/Luhring Augustine, New York, NY.
2013: Generations IX: The Red/Pink Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn.
2013: Curate NYC Top 150 Artists, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
2013: Momentum, St. Joseph's College Council on the Arts. Brooklyn, NY.
2013: Women in Charge, Juried Exhibition, SOHO20 Chelsea, New York, NY.
2013: Brimming on the Edge with NYCxDESIGN, Andrew Freedman Home, The Bronx, New York.
2013: Motown to Def Jam, Strivers Garden Gallery / Art Crawls Harlem. New York, NY.
2012: Nature's Return, Arsenal Gallery, Central Park New York.
2012: The Joy of Creating, The Galleries at The Interchurch Center, New York, NY.
2012: Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival in Sakura Park / General Grant Memorial.
2012: A Tribute to Women in the Arts, Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center.
2011: Film on Artists, 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition. Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, NY.
2011: Elements of Soul, at chashama 461 Studio Gallery, New York, NY.
2011: Bearden's Found Children, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, NY.
2011: ArtCan, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA.
2011: Homage, Knox Gallery, New York, NY.
2011: Renaissance Fine Art Gallery. New York, NY
2011: Spirit of Community, Dwyer Cultural Center, New York, NY.
2011: Dismissed, Art for Change Gallery, New York, NY.
1996: SAN NIN TEN, New Vision Gallery at Tula Art Center, Atlanta, GA.
1995: AIDS Athens Fundraising Art Auction, Athens, GA.
1995: Landscape, Memory, and Identity, King Plow Art Center Atlanta, GA.
1994: Light Field, experimental video exhibit, Atlanta, GA.
1992: The Atlanta College of Art Annual Juried Exhibition Best Drawing Award. Atlanta, GA.
1991: Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Museum Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.
2019: Dothothy Day Headstart Early Childhood Center and Sugarhill Preschool.
2013-2016: Art Horizon Leroy Neiman Center Harlem. 4-11 yr old multi-media exploration classes
1-2 classes a week, all 3 semesters.
2015: Iona Collage. Visiting artist lecture and workshop. New Rochelle, New York.
2014: Collage workshop for all age, La Maison d’Art, New York NY.
2014: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Finalist, New York metro area.
2013: Curate NYC Top 150 Entries.
2013: Hiroshi Senju Award for Japan Day Event at Central Park.
2015: chashama 461 studio/workspace program, New York, NY. Coordinated their visiting curator program.
TALKS & PANELS
2016: Artist talk with curator Deborah Cullen, Concerto Encircling, a site-specific installation. Miller Theatre/Columbia University.
2014: Artist talk with Seph Rodney for The Black and White Show, Art in Flux Harlem, New York, NY.
2013: Artist talk for Joining Forces: Living Art on the Hill. The City College of New York.
2013: Artist talk for Momentum, St. Joseph's College Council on the Arts. Brooklyn, NY.
2013: Artist talk for What circulates, Play(LABS), public art installation. New York, NY.
2011: Artist talk for Homage, Knox Gallery, New York, NY.
2011: Artist talk for Elements of Soul, at chashama 461 Studio Gallery, New York, NY.