Tommi received her MFA at Yale University. Her work is in collections in museums and private collections in the United States as well as Europe. Tommi and her husband own and run an animation studio in Los Angeles.
She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Redlands and teaches photography.
These photographs were made at the start of the lockdown and throughout the summer. Living near Dodger Stadium and close to downtown Los Angeles, I experienced the eerily quiet streets and shuttered businesses while listening to helicopters and sirens echo during the nightly protests. Witnessing the spectacle of masks become disturbingly politized, I lost an aunt to Covid-19 as well as an uncle who passed from other complications. Personal medical issues forced me to undergo multiple tests, exams and various pokings, prodings and extractions. Outings consisted of quiet walks through cemeteries, watching plants grow and die and the relevance of these cycles which many of us have been forced to contemplate during this uncomfortably unstable summer.