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OCA 2022 Artist-in-Residence

About OCA 2022 Artist-in-Residence Ya La’ford’s mural at The Monarch


Ya La’ford’s mural “SYMBOLS: Contemporary Glyphs” centers around Rethinking space, love of self, and community. Ya La’ford had the privilege of crafting this captivating mural with local youth from Youth Impact of Ogden. Where the innocent minds of children intertwined with the enchantment of ancient paintings, the kids embedded archaeology with contemporary glyphs. These thought-provoking symbols transcend the boundaries of time, compelling us to reimagine our relationship with space, self, and community while inviting us to reassess the indelible imprints we leave on the tapestry of life.

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Chauvet Cave:

Chauvet Cave is located in southeastern France and contains some of the best-preserved figurative cave paintings in the world. This cave is featured in the documentary film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” by Werner Herzog.

Lascaux Cave:

Lascaux is a network of caves near the village of Montignac in southwestern France.

Dabous Giraffes:

Dabous giraffe are the largest known animal carvings in the world. Located in the Sahara, they are neolithic petroglyphs in north-central Niger.

Rock art in Utah:

There are various historic petroglyph and rock art sites in Utah. Many are in remote areas, including federally protected lands that come with a hefty fine if vandalized. Please always remember to visit these locations with the utmost respect and admiration so that they continue to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.