We had the good fortune of connecting with Olga Lah and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Olga, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The way our surroundings are constructed and designed influence how we think about ourselves and our community. So curating art for public sites and in institutions matter and have a reverberating impact. I’m particularly drawn to building site-specific installation work because it draws connections between the visitor and a space. Installation art can invite a different way of looking at the context and memory of a location. It can create a heightened awareness to the environment. It creates an immediacy to a moment in time. In my work I’m constructing an encounter that reflects on our presence in the world and the meaning of our everyday lives.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create large-scale site-specific installations that explore themes in transcendence and memory. I have worked as an artist for the last twelve years and have exhibited in a range of places including in galleries, museums, academic institutions and public sites. I’m often interested in creating a vibrant and thoughtful activation of a space to engage the visitor in a meaningful way.

I studied Studio Art as an undergraduate and went on to receive an M.A. in Theology. Some have wondered about my atypical background but I’ve seen my academic studies and career as an artist as interrelated. For me, studying theology and making art has been an exploration into the ideas of existence. It’s engaging with ambiguity and the precarious nature of what’s believed to be absolute. Both theology and art has been an invitation into experiencing a greater understanding of time and space.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
At the moment I keep thinking about the Noah Purifoy Museum in Joshua Tree, taking in Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes and enjoying Plant Food + Wine in Venice Beach.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A shoutout to my Dad, who passed away recently. He let me be who I am and that is one of the greatest gifts he gave me.

Website: www.olgalah.com

Instagram: @olgalah_studio

Image Credits
Panic Studio LA, courtesy of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

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