Sonoma Community Center Names Anela Oh Ceramics Artist-in- Residence                       

Sonoma, CA (February 8, 2021) – Sonoma Community Center has named Anela Oh its next ceramics Artist-in-Residence. Anela Oh is a multidisciplinary artist and will explore three of the Community Center’s dedicated art studios – ceramics, fiber arts and print/papermaking. Her five-month residency is effective immediately and will culminate with an exhibit in the Center’s Gallery 212 in May of this year.

During her residency, Oh will create a new body of work that considers the role of culture in shaping environments by developing a complex visual and material language to celebrate diverse cultures as linked to biodiversity within the scale of a landscape. She will interact with the community virtually and teach online since the Center is still closed for in-person programming due to COVID-19.

“The polychrome material play is one of the reasons Anela’s portfolio immediately stood out from the competitive applicant pool,” says Kala Stein, Director of Arts and Ceramics. “Her unique cultural perspective fueled with her optimistic spirit is exactly what we need and want to support at this particular moment in time.”

Anela holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, was recently been invited to serve on the board of Hand Papermaking, and as a mixed-race artist of Malaysian Chinese descent, is known for utilizing imagery, colors, textures, and smells from her cultural heritage to pay homage to the work of her ancestors, while bringing marginalized voices to the forefront.

Oh’s work is deeply grounded in a sense of community and sharing her skills with others through playful experimentation and collaboration. She uses materials that have a life of their own such as clay, paper, and fiber to feed her studio practice and create environments full of color and texture.

“The art I create imagines landscapes of other worlds, other futures, by reclaiming it through materials, colors, and smells of my own culture. I begin an understanding of what natural growth looks like when combined with the variability of color. This beauty, wonder and exploration that comes from it is not only my reclamation of my own presence and experiences in natural space, but the creating and imagining of how nature will expand and vibrate with accessibility to all” writes Oh, in her artist’s statement.

The Artist in Residence program supports artists from diverse backgrounds, sharing unique perspectives around art, culture, and community.

To hear more about Oh’s artwork, the public is welcome to attend a free virtual studio visit and artist talk on Friday, February 26, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Oh will share images of her past work, talk about her mission as an artist and upcoming residency at Sonoma Community Center. The presentation will be broadcasted from the Resident Art’s studio at the Center. To learn more and register for this event, please visit: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/studio-visit-oh/

For more information about the residency program at Sonoma Community Center, visit www.sonomacommunitycenter.org, or call (707) 938-4626 x9.