Hatsubon opens at Northlight Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

I am remiss in keeping this updated!  I am quicker on Instagram

“Hatsubon” opened January 18 at Northlight Gallery, ASU in Phoenix Arizona. It ‘s a remarkable iteration of this photographic work, with the three-channel video installation, and several sculptures including Tiny Urn, showing for the first time. Thank you to the vision of Curator Liz Allen. I will be in Phoenix fr the closing during Art Detour, March 15 & 16. Hope to see you there!

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A Welcome to Madison, Wisconson

Here is a nice little article upon moving to Madison to accept an Assistant Professor position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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"The Space Between Here and There"

This solo exhibition was a real gift, like a mini-recent-retro. I showed a range of works from Hatsubon to Rattlesnake Lake,  a work-in-progress shown for the first time A Place to Rest and brand new work from my summer residency at the Center for Photography in Woodstock. Well-attended and a wonderful audience at my artist talk. What a nice way to start off the semester, teaching my first class at Mendocino College during my "sabbatical".

Exhibition Review in The Ukiah Daily Journal

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The Longest Light of the Year

Summer newsletter available here. For quarterly updates, please subscribe on the home page.

Oroville Reservoir,    4x5 photographs

Oroville Reservoir, 4x5 photographs

As summer solstice brings us the longest day of the year, I reflect back upon the past six months spent in a contemplative residency in Northern California. This time has been rich in experimentation, creation, and a healthy dose of daily writing. For having such moments of quietude, I somehow wound my way into several collaborations! For more frequent news, follow here.

Upcoming Residency
In July and August, I'll head to the Center for Photography at Woodstock for the Artist-in-Residence Program. I'm excited for a month of focused making and meeting other artists, supported by this amazing organization. I'll be coming through NYC and would love to see you, send me a message!

The stormy winter brought an incredible amount of rain and snowfall to the region, bringing significance, in the age of climate change, to a phrase I've been particularly fond of this past year or so, "too little, too much".

The image above, Oroville Reservoir, was made after excessive water was released due to the structural instability of the dam and cracked spillway that threatened to burst and flood those living downstream. The image below, Moon Dunes, Winter was made on the full moon at seasonal ponds after heavy rains in the coastal sand dunes.

Moon Dunes, Winter,    4x5 photograph

Moon Dunes, Winter, 4x5 photograph

Artist Collaboration
Following the thread of "too much, too little", intersecting and entangled lines, and the distance of blue, I created new work with artist Jonathan Marquis on-site in an intensive two-week collaboration based in California. A selection of our cyanotypes will be exhibited in Denver.

Water Line: A Creative Exchange
August 4 - October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: First Friday, August 4, 6-8pm
Center for Visual Art
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204

Too Little, Too Much , Marquis Jones (with  Jonathan Marquis ), cyanotype

Too Little, Too Much, Marquis Jones (with Jonathan Marquis), cyanotype

Art and Science Collaboration
Natural Disasters and Climate Change in the Bay Area, a weekend intensive workshop, was developed by the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative and Co-Risk Labs. A thoughtful collaboration with Johanna Hoffman (landscape architect, coastal adaptation strategist) and  Gitanjali Bhattacharjee (civil engineering PhD candidate, Stanford University) resulted in our prototype, Invisible Dialogues, an interactive sculptural installation investigating tools to help us measure and understand ideas about climate change that touch us on a daily basis. Proposals were exhibited at ELL San Francisco in May, and will be developed for exhibition on the Stanford Campus.

Stay in touch
In other news, this year I joined the SPE National Board (Society for Photographic Education). I'll be at Lake Tahoe for our fall event, all are welcome!

As always, I'm open to opportunities for exhibition, commission, and collaboration. Feel free to contact me and hope to see you in the near future!

The days grow longer and the fruits ripen...wishing you a lovely summer,


The Long Night's Moon: a winter update

Winter newsletter available here with images. For quarterly updates, please subscribe on the home page.

This past year and a half in San Francisco has offered so much. As a Visiting Artist, I immersed myself in a profound and intense cycle of making work from a deep place, completing my residency project HatsubonHatsubon is a memorial exhibition exploring the dynamic tension between tradition and performance through photographs and video, and include portraits of my father in the diaphanous space between life and death.

 In an extended position as Curator-in-Residence at The Arts at CIIS, I worked with many local and national artists in designing the yearlong exhibition series Cumulus, connected with the supportive and vibrant art communities in the Bay Area, and taught in the interdisciplinary MFA Programs at California Institute of Integral Studies. 

As the year comes to a close and the dark days of winter approach, I am moving to a mountain home nestled amongst trees not far from the sea. I'll be spending the first half of the new year in a contemplative and creative practice. During this artist residency, I am looking forward to experimentation, refining techniques and inviting new materials into the studio.

As always, I'm open to opportunities for exhibition, commission, and collaboration. Current news and images will be posted on social media. Please stay in touch and feel free to contact me anytime, I love to hear from you.

Wishing you a beautiful new year,

Tomiko Jones | Hatsubon shows at Desai Matta Gallery


Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5-8pm

September 10 - October 27, 2016

We travel to the unnamed coast in Tomiko Jones' landscape-where the river meets the sea-to ritually set free the spirit and body of her father.

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 body of work we travel to the unnamed coast in Tomiko Jones' landscape-where the river meets the sea-to ritually set free the spirit and body of her father, who passed away just days before she arrived in San Francisco to take on a role as Visiting Artist/ Curator-in-Residence with The Arts at CIIS.

Jones came to CIIS with the invitation to curate a sequence of exhibitions dovetailing with her own creative interests; at the same time she was invited as Visiting Artist to make new work. The exhibition sequence, collectively entitled Cumulus, explored environmental concerns through the lens of water. With exhibits taking on the twin crises of too much and too little water in the age of climate change, and water as site of cultural practice and economic imperative, Jones comes full circle to explore water as the locus of spiritual belief.

Deirdre Visser, Curator, The Arts at CIIS

CIIS Main Building
Desai | Matta Gallery
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103