With masterful formal compositions, Jackson’s works immediately attract the viewer with lush colors, bold geometries, and intricate layers of material, affirming the vibrancy of visual art. Its evocative materials and optical illusions elicit immediate responses. However, they require special attention and consideration not only because of the form and elements used, but also because they reveal the social crises and personal stories present in every visual experience. Although animated, the works are sad testimonies to the urgency of what is happening before our eyes.
Tomashi Jackson was born in Houston, Texas, in 1980 and grew up in Los Angeles, California; and lives and works between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York. In addition, she has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Cooper Union, and New York University.
Tomashi Jackson identifies as a painter and printmaker. However, her works are usually three-dimensional, composed of layers of paper, textiles, plastics, embroidery, prints, photo transfers, and wooden armor that revolve around ethics, with incursions and humanistic narratives that connect with the history of the moment current.
A Yale MFA graduate, Jackson has been exhibiting with Tilton Gallery in New York since 2016 and was one of the featured artists at the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Her works are in the collections of leading contemporary art institutions and museums, such as the Whitney and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
At the beginning of this year, the artist debuted with a solo exhibition of collage-paintings entitled “For ever My Lady”, at the Night Gallery, in Los Angeles, holding her first exhibition in the city that saw her grow and counting, in addition to the brilliant cabinetmaker and craftsman Rubén Palencia to create specialized supports and stretchers for each of the new paintings and his unique fiber sculpture. Last August, before her 2021 exhibition at the Parrish Museum of Art in Water Mill, New York, Jackson screened five videos about segregation in the United States on the façade of the institution.
In her exhibition next year, titled “Platform: Tomashi Jackson – The Land Claim,” the artist will present new paintings, videos and installations based on her research and will include archival images and documents from the family, church, the archives of the historical society and your own local photographs. In 2021, she will also present a solo exhibition at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Tomashi Jackson’s artistic career still has a spectacular horizon and we are sure that she will be one of the most promising artists of the 21st century.