NEON Artist – Linda Sue Price
I live and work in Los Angeles County, California. Throughout my practice I enjoy injecting my personal reflections to stimulate emotion and to manipulate how neon is perceived as a medium. I began studying neon as a medium under Michael Flechtner at the Museum of Neon Art beginning in 2004, where I developed my particular technique of bending.
In my neon artwork, I draw upon my family history with an interest in how people make sense of the world. My art is a response to the suffering and loss my parents experienced post-WWII. A universal theme; the horrors of war, the anger, the bitterness, the fear, never go away. Rather than create work that is filled with this darkness, my work focuses on peace, joy and recovery, where change is the only constant and moving forward is the only option.
My work combines the reality of the medium (the bending of neon tubes) with the challenges of the imagery (the curving, abstract forms). The process that connects these relationships represents the mental process that I am interested in, a visual manifestation of a system of thought.
I opt to bend primarily free form as opposed to pattern–the traditional way of bending neon. This offers the opportunity to see the neon tubes from a different perspective. Underpinning the abstract imagery are thoughts about how we define each other through assumption, how we live in these little worlds of ours, how we get stuck in trying to make things right or wrong thereby creating a false sense of security. While the work might look random, there is thoughtful structure underneath. With a focus on emotional relationships and the human experience, I create work with a gestural and playful core that advances a personal resolution.
When I bend, it is like I am having a conversation with the glass. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Sometimes I have a direction but the glass doesn’t go the way I was planning. I accept that it doesn’t always work. When it’s going well, it is like having a conversation with a best friend.
While inspired by artists Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Laddie John Dill and Judy Chicago, I also find sources of inspiration on historic neon signs, abstract expressionism, pop art and graphic design. I am currently part of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Neon Art. The museum opened at its new location in Glendale in January 2016.