Six regional artists selected for the Camera Obscura Art Lab’s Artist In Residence program

December 21, 2021 1:42 p.m.

SANTA MONICA, California – The city of Santa Monica is excited to announce the artists residing at the Camera Obscura Art Lab (COAL) 2022. Six artists from Los Angeles County were selected by a jury of selected artists to spend 14 weeks in two studios overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This year’s resident artists work in the fields of film, animation, installation, mixed media, performance, photography, puppetry and sculpture. Selected artists will receive a grant and the opportunity to share their work in an online format.

Over the past two years the program has evolved to meet the needs of artists at this critical time. Changes include increasing public relations and promoting a wider artist community, increasing artist grants, and the ability to exhibit final work online. The program is part of a network of artist offerings run by the Santa Monica City Department of Cultural Affairs that has helped over 200 artists from a variety of disciplines.

The Artists-in-Residence of the Camera Obscura Art Lab for 2022 are:

Zach Dorn is a filmmaker and performing artist creating miniature melodramas that explore the darker side of childhood nostalgia through the disappointed eyeballs of adulthood.

Melissa Ferrari is a non-fiction filmmaker, experimental animator, and magical lantern player. Her practice deals with the mythization of pseudoscience, phantasmagoria and deceitful stories of the supernatural.

André Keichian is an interdisciplinary artist who deals with photography, video and sculptural installation. Your personal story as a queer, transgender, Argentine-American person functions as an indexical relationship that extends to interrelated issues.

Lua Kobayashi focuses on the stories behind everyday objects, places and people we think we know; she illustrates these anthologies with miniature scenes / sets.

Dakota Noot is a multidisciplinary installation and performance artist who explores the complexities of our diet and animal-human relationships through installations (made with drawings on a freestanding foam core) or wearable art that is glued onto the body.

Diane Williams is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher from Pilipinx. Williams creates woven objects and structures by combining cultural waste as collected material from various sources: friends, family (in the US, Philippines and abroad) and their immigrant communities in Los Angeles.

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