Six regional artists working selected for the Camera Obscura Art Lab Artist-in-Residence program


he city of Santa Monica has announced the 2022 Resident Artists of Camera Obscura Art Lab (COAL). Six Los Angeles County-based artists were selected by a panel of artist peers to spend 14 weeks in two studio spaces overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This year’s resident artists work in film, animation, installation, mixed media, performance, photography, puppetry, and sculpture. Selected artists receive a stipend and opportunities 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. The changes include an increase in outreach and promotion efforts to a wider arts community, an increase in artist allowances and a hub to exhibit final work online. The program is part of a network of artistic opportunities offered by the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Santa Monica that has served more than 200 artists in all disciplines.

The Camera Obscura Art Lab artists in residence for 2022 are:

Zach Dorn ( is a filmmaker and entertainer who creates miniature melodramas that explore the womb of childhood nostalgia through the disappointed eyes of adulthood.

Melissa Ferrari ( is a non-fiction filmmaker, experimental animator, and magic lanternist. Its practice engages the mythification of pseudoscience, phantasmagoria and fraudulent stories of the supernatural.

André Keichian ( is an interdisciplinary artist working through photography, video and sculptural installation. Their personal history as queer, transgender, Argentinian-American works as an index relationship that spans interconnected topics.

Lua Kobayashi ( focuses on the stories behind everyday objects, places and people with which we think we are familiar; she illustrates these anthologies with miniature scenes.

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 mounted on a freestanding foam core) or portable works of art glued to the body.

Diane Williams ( is an artist and interdisciplinary researcher at Pilipinx. Williams creates woven objects and structures, combining cultural detritus as collected materials from a variety of sources: friends, family (in the United States, the Philippines, and overseas) and her immigrant communities in Los Angeles.

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Submitted by Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer in Santa Monica

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