Dana Harel's creative process begins in silence.
On the precipice of new work, the artist sits in the calm of her Redwood City home, clutching a solitary sketch book.
Only after an idea begins to take form, followed by a rough sense of direction, does she turn on some music.
Production mode — when her task is clear and refined — is marked by Harel tuning in to podcasts.
"I tend to be most productive when I spend long days in my studio, when I can get into a zone where I am letting go and not judging every move I make," she said.
The 43-year-old, who admits that the unpredictability of her artistic practice yields "exciting and unexpected" outcomes, will display her work at the Laguna Art Museum starting Sunday. "ex·pose: dana harel," made up of 14 pieces of different sizes, will be exhibited along with "Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories" and "Travels with Millard Sheets, 1950–1986" until June 1.