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