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Denton Sculptor Uses Language To Make Art That Grapples With Difficult Ideas

Courtesy of Alicia Eggert

Alicia Eggert isn’t a writer, but she likes to play with words. The Denton sculptor creates work that uncovers layers of meaning in common phrases and places.

“I make a lot of art that looks like signs,” said Eggert. “I play with words as if they were found objects.”

For example, in 2013 she created a wall-sized neon sign that reads “You are on an island,” but when it blinks it reads, “You are an island.”

“Single words can also have many definitions,” Eggert proclaimed at a 2013 Ted Talk. “They also have the ability to possess great depth and complexity. One word can be both simple and profound.”

Eggert moved to North Texas in 2015 to teach Studio Art and the Sculpture at the University of North Texas in Denton. Her artwork and installations are already garnering attention in the region.

Credit Courtesy of Alicia Eggert

Explore the entire profile on Alicia Eggert in Art&Seek's Artist Spotlight