FEATURED ARTIST: MARPI

Marpi’s interest in using digital tools to create art installations stems from a desire to provide escapes from the ordinary, and at times, monotonous and routine mundanities of the everyday. His mission is to elicit joy and respite from the habitual humdrum of routine. Marpi prides himself in presenting pieces intended for audiences within whom he aims to foster a sense of creativity

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FEATURED ARTIST: LILY REEVES

Lily Reeves grew up in the South, alongside communities of evangelists and outsider artists, which she credits sparking her interest in belief systems. Educationally, this curiosity led her down a research path into the occult, comparative religion, mythology, global rituals, and the relation between mind-body-space. Lily’s fascination with diverse faith-based practices carries into her art with installations that immerse visitors into shared moments of spiritual transformation by inviting audience members to engage in actions reminiscent of rituals.

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FEATURED ARTIST: SARAH BLOOD

Quite possibly one of the most photographed, boomeranged, instagrammed, snapped–I could go on–installations at SHE BENDS, San Francisco edition, was Sarah Blood’s I’m So Fucking Tired. Unapologetically decorated with gaudy, gold sequins, Sarah’s “sign” beautifully declares “TA-DA!” in the artist’s handwriting, loudly accentuated by electric pink, while a fan, decorated with matching gold streamers, oscillates in front of it, its breeze causing the sequins to dance and ripple around the neon text.

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FEATURED ARTIST: ROXY ROSE

As a third-generation neon fabricator, Roxy Rose’s pieces are nothing short of mind-blowing. Her near 40 years of experience in the fires are evident in her intricate sculptures that, not only, display her mastery of the medium, but also, share personal messages and reflections on the state of the world we live in.

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FEATURED ARTIST: EVE HOYT

Eve Hoyt’s mixed media pieces unify her two interests, her love for deserted items and her appreciation for neon light bending. She is especially drawn to objects she hasn’t seen before and are no longer around. Eve’s discoveries, from vintage items to long-forgotten toys, find a home in her Philadelphia-based studio, where she builds them into whimsical, light-up sculptures.

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