Born in 1994 in Oita Prefecture, Shiori Tono completed her MA in Arts and Design at Onomichi City University, specializing in oil painting. She is currently based in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. Tono uses photographs from her childhood albums and photographs she has taken herself as motifs in her work, giving expression to the fragility and preciousness of those pure memories that come to us in unexpected moments. Past memories are obliterated through the day-to-day accumulation of information in our minds, at times, abstract or fragmented images remain – Tono engages with these universal experiences, skillfully representing the ambiguous nature of memory on canvas as warped and deteriorating images on digital devices. The specific years in which the original photos were taken vary: the more blurred the outlines of the memories are, the more warped the painted images become and the more difficult it is to make out any clear figures. However, even from those memories which have been largely forgotten, Tono recovers the fragments that still remain in her mind, carefully giving life to them again, square by square in a three-centimeter-by-three-centimeter grid. Using masking tape to create a grid in which every other line is exposed, the process of adding oil paint from one end of the canvas to the other an act of proving, of recording the existence of those elements that come together to form Tono herself.
Tono’s solo exhibitions include ‘Anohino’, Gallery Bar Baku (Hiroshima, 2018) and ‘Kasumu’, Gallery Bar Baku (Hiroshima, 2017). She also participates in group exhibitions mainly in Tokyo. Her works garnered attention when they were exhibited in Taiwan for the first time at ART TAIPEI 2019.