Artist in Residence Final Exhibit

Jenny Ziomek and Laura Davis

New Works  

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs is proud to present Santa Monica Cultural Affairs is proud to present Jenny Ziomek and Laura Davis: New Works, the culminating exhibit of work created as part of their residencies at the Camera Obscura Art Lab.

Jenny Ziomek completed her Camera Obscura Art Lab Residency during a complicated, volatile time filled with anticipation, apprehension and transition. Culturally, politically and personally, there was an intense feeling of waiting. Some days seemed to linger for weeks. Other times, a month would pass and it felt unbelievable - wasn’t it just the 1st? With this backdrop Jenny created a series of gouache, watercolor, pencil and ink drawings — about waiting.

Laura Davis’ primary focus during the residency was exploring the chemistry and processes for using madder dye to achieve various effects. Laura used as much repurposed and upcycled material as possible to showcase wearable and functional art, rather than the large visual art installation she had planned before COVID, which wasn’t going to work as well on video. By using various preparation and extraction techniques, she produced a wide range of colors on cellulose and protein fibers while proving repeatable results, which is a major challenge in natural dyeing. 

Jenny Ziomek: The Art of Waiting


watercolor and ink on paper, 2.75” by 4.5”


watercolor and ink on paper, 2.5” by 3.75”


watercolor and ink on paper, 8” by 6”


watercolor and graphite on paper, 5” by 5”


watercolor and ink on paper, 11.25” by 4.75”


gouache, watercolor and ink on paper, 6” by 4”

Three Weeks Ago

watercolor, graphite, digital collage, 6” by 6”


gouache, watercolor and ink on paper, 3.75” by 3.75”


gouache, watercolor and ink on paper, 8” by 6”


watercolor, graphite, digital collage, 6” by 6”

Laura Davis: The Chemistry of Natural Dye

Upcycled in Arashi

Cotton top and leggings dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia) and walnut

Golden Hour

Silk scarf dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)

Variations on Arashi

Cotton scarf, arashi dyed in indigo, over-dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)

Itajime Style

Silk scarf dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia) and walnut

Sewn Resists in Scarlet

Silk scarf with sewn resists dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)

Variations on Arashi 2

Silk scarf dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia) and walnut

Re-Worked Botanical Print

Silk scarf printed with eucalyptus, liquid amber, and other leaves, over-dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)


Silk scarf dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)

Summer Sunset

Cotton scarf ombre-dyed in indigo, over-dyed in madder (Rubia cordifolia)

Itajime in Scarlet

Silk scarf dyed in madder (Rubia Cordifolia) and walnut 


Camera Obscura Art Lab Studio Residency

The Studio Residency Program offers artists a glass-walled studio with spectacular ocean views in an iconic, midcentury park building overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, four blocks from the terminus of the Expo line. The City seeks artists and artisans whose work offers the public opportunities for inspiration and skill development through example and online instruction. All disciplines and mediums are considered.

Residency Description

The City of Santa Monica established the Studio Residency Program at the Camera Obscura to support the work of local artists and artisans, highlight the intersection of fine art and craft, and provide the public with access to a variety of artistic practices and instruction in an online workshop format. Each Studio Residency term spans about 14 weeks and three terms are available each year. Two individual artists, OR one collective, OR a combination of individuals and collectives for each term by a panel of arts professionals. An honorarium accompanies the residency. The City offers this opportunity to artists who need a place to create and are invested in sharing their work through online workshops and an online exhibit for public benefit. The residency is open to all artists, artisans and makers who reside in Los Angeles County. A Request for Proposal (RFP) is issued each fall for the coming year.  The link to the RFP will be included in the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs eblast. You can sign up to receive our eblasts by clicking on the Stay-Up-To-Date button at the top of this page.


Jenny Ziomek is an artist and illustrator whose paintings, artist books, and comics have been exhibited across North America. She has done artwork and illustration for a wide range of projects, including graphic novels, children’s books, magazines, fashion and film. A former teacher, Jenny is now a Teaching Artist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Laura Davis uses natural dyes on textiles, paper, and leather to create both functional and decorative pieces. Her practice includes researching historic and contemporary methods of making dyes from natural materials like plants and insects. She feel that dyeing is not only a connection to nature, which provides us with a brilliant selection of materials and colors but also a connection to our own ancestors and to past generations of people around the world.