Leah Mata Fragua
Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship
Leah Mata Fragua is a Northern Chumash artist and practitioner of traditional arts. Her work is primarily utilitarian, however, she sees her work as an extension of place and uses her art to spread awareness about the devastating effects of climate change. As a member of a coastal Indigenous community, she has witnessed severe environmental degradation firsthand as it has substantially diminished the resources that her community relies on. While in residence at SAR, Fragua will create a traditional Chumash dance dress. This dress will visually represent rising ocean levels and the increasing severity of wildfires. Fragua will be in residence from March 2, 2020, to May 31, 2020.