This neon sign's message is animated by the word "on" flashing on and off at regular intervals, transforming an initially obvious statement into a reflective and philosophical inquiry.
The sculpture was originally made in 2011 for the Sacred and Profane Art festival on Peaks Island, Maine. Neon Workshops invited Mike Fleming and I to bring "You are (on) an island" to the UK in 2013, and to present it as a mobile billboard. We installed the sign on the back of a flatbed truck, powered it with a small generator, and toured the sculpture around the UK for two weeks. The project culminated in a limited-edition publication.