Idaho artist comes to Lane; “Locus” painting presents narrative

Idaho artist comes to Lane; “Locus” painting presents narrative

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Laura Ahola-Young’s mixed media on board painting “Efference.”
Photo: August Frank
Laura Ahola-Young’s mixed media on board painting “Efference.” Photo: August Frank

Laura Ahola-Young’s mixed media on board painting “Efference.”
Photo: August Frank

“When painting, I am actively creating while simultaneously destroying,” artist Laura Ahola-Young said of her creative process. “I thoroughly develop meanings and imagery in paintings and then cover and rework with glazes, scraping and mark-making.”

What remains constant throughout her painting process, she said, is the structure comprised of both paper and an open narrative. “Locus” is an exhibition of Ahola-Young’s work and will be on display in the Building 11 Sister Art Gallery, Room 103, through May 20 when there will be a closing reception at 3:00 p.m.

Ahola-Young has named the collection of paintings “Prodromes.” According to Ahola-Young, her work reflects her “desire for absolutes and claims none.” She explains in her artist statement how she attempts to capture occurrences of signs as “symptoms: fleeting, a speck, a circumstance, and a neural, biological, philosophical, sensory occasion.”

The world of possibility and destruction led Ahola-Young to visually and intellectually research this phenomenon in the natural world. “Cells and stars, the miniscule to vast, must experience destruction for life to exist, as we know it,” she said.

Ahola-Young, one time Lane teacher, originally from the Midwest, is now an assistant professor of art at Idaho State University.

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