Johnna Arnold is an artist, photographer, educator, and urban farmer based in Oakland, CA. Johnna’s work is an based on an exploration into the individual’s place in contemporary culture. She is currently creating a set of unique cameraless photographs which enlarge seemingly mundane aspects of our present-day lives, entitled Everywhere All Around. Her previous body of work, In/Finite Potential, is comprised of photographs in which she adventured in the hostile lands around the Bay Area freeway system, putting herself in context with these creatures of utility. The companion In/Finite Hut is a utopian felted hut, inside of which a projection of her encircling a small, industrial-looking planet continually plays. Her artwork revolves around her interest in the infrastructure that supports our post-industrial lifestyle, and how a small, fleshy human such as herself can relate to this vast system.
Johnna received her BA in Photography from Bard College in 1996, and her MFA from Mills College in 2005. She currently teaches classes in photography to graduate and undergraduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute, and documents artwork for many excellent museums in the Bay Area. Johnna has worked as an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute and RayKo Photography. She has exhibited at many venues including the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Camerawork, the Oakland International Airport, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Her work is a part of multiple public collections including Pier 24 in San Francisco and UNESCO in Paris, France.