Artist Lecture | Laura Ahola-Young
Oregon artist Laura Ahola-Young will present a lecture about her work in the Peninsula College Little Theater at 2:15 pm on Friday, December 7. A reception in her honor will immediately follow in the Peninsula College PUB Gallery of Art.
Ahola-Young is the featured artist in the college gallery, where 17 of her pieces are displayed in a series entitled “Prodomes.” an early symptom indicating the onset of an attack or a disease.
"I have named the collection 'Prodomes' in relation to an internal, structural and organizational system of signage and warnings,” she says. “Through paint, I am attempting to capture these instances of signs as symptoms: fleeting, a speck, a circumstance, a neural, biological, philosophical, sensory occasion.”
Ahola-Young, who teaches studio arts at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, says the collection took her a year and a half to complete, and she spent nearly 30 hours a week working on the series.
“When Painting, I am actively creating while simultaneously destroying,” she says. Once she develops the meaning and imagery, she reworks and covers it with scraping, glazes and mark-making.
"What remains the same throughout the painting process is the structure they are forced upon," said Ahola-Young. “The structure is both paper and an open narrative. I leave evidence of my search for a completed work – enough of a layer that I begin to believe in a structure’s identity and memory. They have a history, casualties and moments of clarity.
"It is this – what is possible and what must be destroyed – that has led me to research visually and intellectually 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 says.
Ahola-Young is originally from northern Minnesota and received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her MFA from San Jose State University. She has been a visiting artist at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Delaware and the University of Minnesota. Her works hangs in several private collections in Minnesota.