Through globalization; Western consumer economies, design trends, and lifestyles have made their way to the remotest corners of humanity where they coexist with still-surviving handmade folk artifacts. In addition to engaging with the theme of globalization, this still life juxtaposes anti-decoration, austere, minimalist Modernism-inspired objects with craft products that contain ample decoration and rhythmic organic patterning.
Neon is usually connected with midcentury signage along major thoroughfares in cities like Las Vegas, and with the hedonism present in the spaces it marked. The “neon poppy” sculpture emerges from a bed of rocks, suggestive of temple rock gardens in Japan. This sculpture is the still life’s centerpiece, the embodiment of this juxtaposition between tradition and industrialization, between frugality and excess, and between the modern world and timeless natural elements like rocks.