Still Life With Baguette

Still Life With Baguette, oil on canvas, 22" x 24", 2004

Laura Young is a landscape and still life painter and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa where she is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa. She has won numerous fellowships and awards and has been shown across the United States in museums, commercial galleries, juried and group shows, as well as internationally in Denmark and Nigeria.

About her process, Laura writes, "I became involved in painting the landscape during an eight-month stay in Ife, Nigeria in l992-l993 after having been an abstract painter of city forms in New York ... I thought about landscape painting not only as a recording of natural phenomena, but also as a potential theater for metaphor. This latter aspect has continued to interest me the most. In l995 I moved to Iowa City and I continued to investigate various aspects of the landscape ... In 2001-2002 I have been in residency at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, Virginia at various times of the year. The landscape there which is enclosed by the Blue Ridge Mountains holds a familiarity for me not unlike the landscapes on the east coast of my childhood ... I became very interested in painting these darkening skyscapes as a response to the unspeakable tragedy of the September eleventh, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center ... In 2003 due to operations on both hands, I was forced to paint smaller in scale. I produced 8”x10” landscapes on panel and one day I painted part of my lunch just for fun. I became fascinated with the interaction between me and the object and painted another small still life ... I am now interested in looking at other kinds of objects, particularly those that seem to appear during a specific experience or in a way at a specific site."

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