TARA BLACKWELL is American but lives in North America
Tomira Wilcox is a Polish-American conceptual artist using photography to address themes related to identity, everyday life and her lived experience as a woman, immigrant, and mother. Her photography offers stories about her own need to create within the confines of life’s demands and uncertainties. She utilizes her storytelling and compositions to understand her existence and place within current American culture. Her photography and video works also serve as testing environments for Wilcox to explore the depths of pain, mental health, and identity.
As a mathematician, Tomira instinctively looks for a sense of order and balance as she creates simple compositions that evoke deeper emotion. Her study of abstraction is a response to the lack of organization and predictability she experiences in her own daily life, especially present throughout the global pandemic.
Wilcox has most recently augmented her creative lens by exploring video. Her "Distortions and Emotions" series of videos emerged from the pandemic and are extensions of her photography and visual storytelling. These videos explore our post-pandemic reality—the overarching loss and anxiety that permeates our daily lives.
What we love
As a former mathematician, Wilcox approaches art with a precision and analytic framework that informs her creations. With close attention to detail and carefully honed skills, her conceptual art is constantly evolving. Each exploration takes on a life of its own, whether it is her commercial works or videos. She is a master of color palette and design, creating artful compositions as she spirals you into a her colorful dreamscapes.
Each of Wilcox's series are comprehensive studies, exploring her themes from multiple perspectives. Like her scenes of water, it is easy to feel submerged in Wilcox's headspace, and in doing so we are able to see the world through her eyes. Through the power of her art and storytelling, we travel through colorful tableaux that help us to connect with our emotions and senses.