THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CASINO
LED lights, thermoplastic, resin clay, acrylic, wood, extension cords, power strips
My neighbors in Queens hang Christmas lights long after the presents have been opened. These illuminating 99 cent store decorations feel like home. Like casinos distinguishing themselves from the rest, apartments display their own flashing symbols and hues all year round, radiating an artificial warmth from the windows above. Most of the time the seizuring effect of their digital LED glare outshines the intended symbolism. Regardless, they bring vitality and individualism to the anonymity of the street: the lights are on and someone is home.
In Vegas my mom was a hermit. She left up two christmas trees 365 days a year, enclosed by tin-foiled windows. The dollar store was one of the few places we left the house for. I started making my own plastic light signs since moving to New York as a way of commemorating where I’m from and connecting to where I am now. I feel as fabulous as a casino.