The Sound of Rain by Sarita Zaleha

The Sound of Rain explores the experience of new environments via weather patterns in dreams. After moving to Los Angeles from Minneapolis in the summer of 2018 I began having dreams of rain. In Los Angeles there are no summer thunderstorms like there are in Minneapolis, so I found myself experiencing these storms in my dreams, only to realize I was actually hearing the somewhat common sounds of my new environment, police helicopters.

Artist Bio

Sarita Zaleha is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her work explores perceptions of the environment through the lenses of environmental history, climate change, and sensory experience. Zaleha’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kentucky, as well as numerous juried and invitational exhibitions. She has received several grants and awards for her work including the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship. She has completed artist residencies at Kultivera in Sweden and Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. Zaleha received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking with a minor in intermedia and Certificate from the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. She has bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and religion from Case Western Reserve University and master’s degrees in art history and religion from University of Minnesota and Harvard University, respectively. She currently teaches book arts and printmaking at Scripps College.