b. 1967, Switzerland
Liliane Tomasko’s subject matter is rooted in the domestic sphere. Through painting, sculpture and photography, she explores the materiality of objects and their deeper, psychological resonances. Past bodies of work have examined in close detail household objects including dresses, curtains, bags, mattress and sheets. As well as studying the behaviour of different fabric – the way it hangs, drapes, wrinkles and twists – Tomasko invites us to consider the emotional resonances attached to these intimate objects. Human presence is never too far away: the memory of the body, lingering in the fibres of sheets, is palpable in her most recent body of work. Though nocturnal in mood, the study of light is central to Tomasko’s work, alongside her investigations into sleep, language and memory; her fluid, expressive forms tapping into a pre-verbal state of communication based on atmosphere and feeling.
Recent and upcoming solo and two-person exhibitions include The Red Thread, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Lilian Tomasko, Marc Straus Gallery, New York, NY, USA; Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France, Kewenig Galerie, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; L’abandon du sujet: collection du Conseil Départmental du Var, Villa Théo, Centre d’Art, Saint-Claire, FR, (all 2019). Museo MATE, Lima; a dream of, Blain|Southern (2018); 12 nights x dreams, Rockland Center for the Arts, New York State; Kunstwerk (two-person exhibition with Sean Scully); Sammlung Klein, Germany; Feeling Folding, PIFO Gallery, Beijing; Sean Scully + Liliane Tomasko, Fundación Bancaja, Valencia; Mother-Matrix-Matter, Lowe Art Museum, Miami; In Visible World, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix; dusk at dawn, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock (all 2015); IVAM, Valencia, travelling to Casal Solleric, Palma, Mallorca and Herforder Kunstverein, Herford (2011); New York Studio School, New York, USA and Zweigstelle, Berlin, Germany (both 2010).