Time, Memory, and Process
The drawings in this show were all produced during a residency fellowship at the
VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts) in September of 2012. I am grateful
to the VCCA for the time away from the world in which to focus my creative energy
and for generosity from the fellows in residence at the time.
My work is, in a general way, a visual response to the landscape. These particular works
are a continuation of a series started in 2010 and refer back both in time and memory to the
tidal fluctuations on the beaches of Cape Cod. At low tide one is able to walk out a mile
toward the horizon, discovering along the way that each section of wet sand has been
sculpted differently by the wave patterns of the receding tide.
Outside the window of my studio in the barn at the VCCA stood a cement stave silo that
was attached to the barn structure. The staves around the silo and the painted cement
between the staves brought me right back to those tidal bands of sand at the beach on the
east coast. In spit of the specific silo reference, I consider these works to be process drawings
and less about the specificity of place.
VCCA STRUCTURE XVll, 15" x 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE VIII, 15" x 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE V, 15" 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE XI, 15" x 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE XVI, 15" x 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE XIII, 15" x 15" 2012
VCCA STRUCTURE XVlll, 15" x 15" 2012
Laura Young is an artist and teacher living in Iowa City, Iowa. Young was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship, 1994; two Iowa Arts Council Grants, 1997 and 2001; and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1985. Artist Residency Fellowships include Yaddo, 1995; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, 2006; and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Young has shown her work in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad including solo exhibits at The Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA; Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL; The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, IA; Interior Space Design, New York, NY; and The Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY.
Laura Young was educated at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, B.A.; Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ, M.A.; and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, M.F.A.