Alicia Eggert, ‘You Are (On) An Island’, 2011-2013, Sienna Patti Contemporary
Alicia Eggert, ‘You Are (On) An Island’, 2011-2013, Sienna Patti Contemporary

This neon sign's message, "You are on an island," is animated by the word "on" flashing on and off at regular intervals, transforming an initially obvious statement into a reflective and philosophical inquiry... "You are an island."

In the fall of 2012, Neon Workshops invited Mike Fleming and I to bring "You are (on) an island" to the UK, and present it as a mobile venture to an unsuspecting audience around Yorkshire. In January of 2013, we arrived arrived in Wakefield, installed the neon sign on the back of a hire van, sparked up the delicate gas-filled glass with a small generator, and took to the road. We toured the sculpture around West Yorkshire for two weeks, and the project culminated in the publication of a limited-edition book.

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