Self-Portrait with Spectre

Self Portrait with Spectre



Neon artist Lili Lakich was influenced by neon roadside signs she saw while traveling with ehr military family, and began to use neon as a medium in 1973 after learning from a local sign company. Lakich uses found objects, honeycomb aluminum and assorted metals to create wall-mounted pieces such as “Self-Portrait with Spectre” (2002). Created as both a response to the September 11th attacks and the end of Lakich’s fifteen-year relationship, the lifelike portrait of the artist is superimposed against the neon outline of the spectre, who holds a flaming gun to contrast the revolving lights over the portrait’s aluminum heart. The spectre itself relates to the emblem of an AC-130 gunship that fired on a wedding in Afghanistan in 2002, killing hundred of civilians.

The emotional weight of the subject matter might seem unsuited to a medium like neon, but instead the moving lights create a subtle chiaroscuro effect on the aluminum, giving the image itself more life than it would have had, had it been a non-electronic installation.


All information courtesy of wikipedia and artist website.

Self Portrait with Spectre

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