Tom Break's visual artworks are created by cutting layers of black tulle, stitching them together, and mounting them directly on the wall. The fabric visually approximates its shadow, giving the works an arresting visual presence, somewhere between a hovering shadow and a disembodied photograph.
NIGHT and CROSS
A spiritual dyptich inspired by Edith Stein's Science of the Cross, setting the concept of the spiritual night against the figure of the cross in the life and work of St. John of the Cross. Editions of hand-made multiples are available through the artist.
A collection of small works exploring geometric constructions, arithmetic sequences, and human proportions. Editions of hand-made multiples are available through the artist.
Tom Break's writing is principally concerned with reviving an art critical ethos from within the deepest roots of the western tradition with an eye toward finding a way to an art for the future that is good and true.
Tom Break's video work is centered around living aboard his sailboat Blowin' in the Wind with his family. They've worked together to create a documentary miniseries for YouTube and are currently working on other film projects.
Tom Break studied philosophy at the University of Chicago and art and art history at the University of Iowa. In 2006, he “reverted” to the Catholicism of his youth and has been engaged ever since in the search after a true understanding of what makes art good in both his visual work and his writing. He has published essays in The New Criterion, Genealogies of Modernity, Dappled Things and elsewhere and has exhibited work in cities across the US. He is a co-founder of In the Wind Projects and lives with his wife and four children aboard a small sailboat.
tom [at] inthewindprojects [dot] org