Fans of the wonderful artistry by Tomiko Jones will have a few different options to view her work this fall.
Tomiko Jones’ work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship, the National Society for Photographic Education Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement, 4Culture and CityArtists. She spent three months in residence at Museé Niépce in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France and a project-specific Fellowship at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
As an educator, Jones taught as Assistant Professor and Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, New Mexico State University and Drury University Summer Institute for Visual Arts. Currently she is a Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.
First, in San Francisco, Jones’ series Hatsubon will be on display at Desai | Matta Gallery, part of the Arts at CIIS. The exhibit and opening reception began Saturday, September 10th, but Tea Talk Tuesdays with Jones on Sept. 27 and October 18th will accompany the exhibition prior to its closing on October 27th.
Throughout time communities and cultures have sent many of their young ones off to sea to find a better life on the other shore. At the other end of a lifetime, the ocean is home to our many rituals of death, both vehicle and destination for the final journey of those we love. With this exhibition we ritually set free the spirit and body of Tomiko Jones’ father, who passed away just days before she arrived in San Francisco to take on a role as Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence.
Deirdre Visser, Curator, The Arts at CIIS
Upon concluding in San Francisco, Jones will take her work to the Kipp Gallery, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Passage : Hatsubon with an open reception November 3 and exhibit conclusion December 8th.
Inspired by end-of-life conversations with her father in the months leading up to his death of how one “travels” to the next destination, this work takes shape as a meditation on spiritual transcendence. Through photographic installation and video projection, “Passage: Hatsubon” weaves together imagery Jones collected in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the town of her father’s birth; Hawaii, her mother’s home and her father’s final resting place; and California, where her parents met and Jones was born.
Chris McGinnis, Curator, Kipp Gallery
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