Johnna Arnold


A large white tent-like installation with a deck chair inside

Expanding Space Project, 2018-2022. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Audio description 

“I began meditating regularly over two years ago. It has been an incredibly helpful tool as I work to feel hopeful and connected with others in what is becoming an increasingly anxious time. I have come to realize through my meditations how much my perceptions—the filter through which I see the world—frame my thoughts and actions.” —Johnna Arnold

Expanding Space combines meditation, sculpture, and photography to strengthen connections between participants’ imaginations, their bodies, and the world around them. Through a guided meditation, participants are temporarily freed from confines such as gravity, judgements, and the limitations of time and space. 

About the Artist

Johnna Arnold received her BA in Photography from Bard College and her MFA from Mills College in 2005. She currently teaches photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Arnold has worked as an artist-in-residence at Banff Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, the Vermont Studio Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She has exhibited at venues including the Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Camerawork, Oakland International Airport, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. 

Interview with the Artist