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Siobhán Arnold | Porto Vista Hotel

The Melancholic Magdalene , 2010. Archival pigment print. 40 x 30 inches. Reinterpretation of “The Melancholic Magdalene” by Artemisia Gentileschi.

The Melancholic Magdalene, 2010. Archival pigment print. 40 x 30 inches. Reinterpretation of “The Melancholic Magdalene” by Artemisia Gentileschi.

Siobhán Arnold

February 21, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Artist Reception: Thursday, February 21, 5-7PM

Location: Porto Vista Hotel, Lobby

1835 Columbia Street, San Diego, CA


In collaboration with Porto Vista Hotel, 1805 Gallery is pleased to present Cloths of Heaven, by Siobhán Arnold.

Cloths of Heaven 2010 is a series of original photographs inspired by the art historical representation of female figures from biblical, allegorical, and mythological narratives.

Drawing largely from the late Mannerist and Baroque periods of European painting, the images are reinterpreted "mise en scenes". Arnold is interested in the use of fabric and drapery as a pictorial device accentuating the stories of the women represented in these compositions.


Siobhán Arnold is a visual artist and arts educator living in San Diego, California. She is a mixed media artist who works with photography, textiles, sculpture and installation.

Her work has been exhibited nationally including the Charles Wright Museum, Detroit MI, the Carr Center, Detroit MI, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Los Angeles CA; SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM, the Gallery Project, Toledo, OH, the Ann Arbor Arts Center, and San Diego Space 4 Art.

Her work has been featured in several magazines including View Camera, Pacific San Diego, Encaustic Arts Magazine, Detour, the Portland Review, Orange Coast Weekly and reviewed in The Seattle Times and The Stranger.

She received a BA in Art and Design from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Art Studio from University of California Santa Barbara.


In 2018, 1805 Gallery Director Lauren Siry launched an art program at Porto Vista Hotel showcasing local and international contemporary artists. The program aims to creatively activate unusual and unlikely spaces while engaging arts and culture on a global scale.

The hotel features original works of art in each guest room and rotating art exhibitions in the lobby, restaurant and elevator.

For all inquiries, please contact 1805 Gallery Director Lauren Siry at or visit

Learn more about the Porto Vista Hotel Art Program >

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