Former Artist Research Associate Amisha Gadani is currently based in Los Angeles CA. She describes herself as an artist interested in curious creatures and their unique adaptations, from swarming patterns and elegant defense mechanisms, to superorganisms and animals of the deep sea. She makes kinetic sculptures, drawings, videos, and interactive wearables. On-going projects include her collection of animal-inspired defensive dresses and her set of “animal homunculus” drawings. Amisha received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, worked in science education and exhibit development at the Exploratorium Museum, before returning to her alma mater as Artist Research Associate for the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. She now works as Artist in Residence for both the UCLA fish-focused evolutionary biology lab of Dr. Michael Alfaro and the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. She’s created scientific illustrations for papers the lab produces and is developing a series of artworks inspired by her experiences in the Alfaro Lab and at ISG.
Blog detailing her experiences in the lab: http://pandorasboxfish.squarespace.com/artist-in-a-lab/