New Artists in Resident Explore Unleashing Creativity at the Camera Obscura Art Lab September – November 2018

August 2, 2018

New Artists in Resident Explore  Unleashing Creativity at the Camera Obscura Art Lab  September – November 2018

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Interdisciplinary artist Lisa Diane Wedgeworth and dancer-choreographer Aparna Sindhoor are the next Studio Artists-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, working onsite between 8/18/18 and 11/17/18.

Dr. Aparna Sindhoor is Founder and Artistic Director of SINDHOOR/NATYAVEDA Navarasa Dance Theater (, and a teacher, dancer, choreographer, director, actor and singer. For her residency project, she is choreographing a new evening-length dance work with S.M. Raju and Anil Natyaveda on the theme of "love." She, along with her company members and senior students, will be leading movement workshops in expressive classical Indian dance in the Bharata Natyam style, fun Bollywood dance sessions, workshops exploring Kalari Ppayattu - one of the oldest martial arts, and special classes in "Song, Dance and Story"– a system for unleashing creativity.

Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is an interdisciplinary artist whose work employs abstraction, performance, video and the collection/archiving of oral histories. For her project, she is completing a suite of small-scale abstract paintings that acknowledge and celebrate the space she and other black women occupy amidst the rapidly changing demographics in her community. Her weekly public events follow a four-session pattern: a writing class followed by one in handmade expression, an exploration of digital tools followed by a discussion specifically created for this residency titled, Claiming Creativity. She presents these to invite public participants to use different parts of their thinking anatomy, embarking on a broad project of integration of thought, feeling, analysis, expression and sharing.

Events with Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

8/25, 11am – 12pm - Excavating Memory, a writing session

8/29, 3pm – 5pm – Abstraction & Freedom, a painting session

9/8, 11am – 1:30pm – Digital Photography & Abstraction

9/15, 11am – 12pm – Claiming Creativity, a discussion

9/22, 11am – 12pm – Public Memory, a writing session

9/29, 11am – 1pm – Abstraction & Narrative Painting

10/6, 11am – 1:30pm – Video and Memory, a composition and editing workshop

10/13, 11am – 12pm – Claiming Creativity, a discussion

10/20, 11am – 12pm – Narrative Objects, a walk and discussion

10/27, 11am – 1:30pm – Abstraction & Memory, a painting session

11/3, 11am – 1:30pm – Making Experimental Video

11/10, 11am – 1pm – Open Drawing Lab

11/17, 11am – 12pm – Claiming Creativity, a discussion

Events with Aparna Sindhoor

8/18, 11am – 12pm – Indian Classical Dance

8/25, 2pm – 3pm – Bollywood Dance

8/30, 2pm – 3pm Indian Classical Dance

9/8, 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Indian Martial Art Movement

9/15, 2pm – 3pm – Indian Classical Dance

9/22, 2pm – 3pm – Bollywood Dance

9/29, 2pm – 3pm – Indian Martial Art Movement

10/17, 2pm – 3pm – Indian Classical Dance

10/20, 2pm – 3pm – Indian Martial Art Movement

10/27, 2pm – 3pm – Song, Dance and Story

11/3, 12pm – 1pm – Bollywood Dance

11/10, 2pm – 3pm – Song, Dance and Story

Events with Wedgeworth and Sindhoor

11/17, 3pm – 6pm – New Works Presentation RSVP

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Artist Bios

Dr. Aparna Sindhoor started her dance training at the age of five with her mother Dr. Srivalli. She has trained in Bharata Natyam for over twenty years, including fifteen with the legendary teacher Dr. K. Venkatalakshamma (a Mysore palace dancer). Aparna is one of the main proponents of the Mysore dance tradition in the world. She holds a BA in performing arts with a Gold Medal from the Mysore University and a PhD in Dance, Cultural and Women’s Studies from Boston University. She was awarded the NPN creation award, a Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat award, was a NEFA RDDI Artist, and was nominated for Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Choreography. Critics have hailed her as a powerful voice for creating contemporary works of extraordinary artistry and works that challenge the boundaries of traditional Indian dance, yet also strengthen that tradition.

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is rooted in storytelling. Informed by personal narratives, her work takes form as painting, video, installation, photography and archived oral histories. Wedgeworth earned her MFA from California State University, Los Angeles in 2014. Her work has been curated in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles and the Harvey B. Gannt Center in North Carolina. She is a recipient of the Animating the Archives: The Woman's Building A Metabolic Studio Archiving Project Fellowship and was the 2016 Georgia Fee Artist/Writer in Residence in Paris, France. From 2015 - 2016, Wedgeworth exhibited emerging artists in her studio-based project space, PS 2920, formerly located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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