The Dark Night of the Soul

The Dark Night of the Soul, 2018-19. Light sign. In collaboration with Zeyn Joukhadar. Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California

In the context of a three-act novel, movie, or play, the dark night of the soul is the moment when all seems lost and the protagonist must gather their strength in order to proceed.

The light sign, built using inexpensive strings of lights and cut, painted plywood, was installed in the middle of a path climbing the hill within the residency area of the Montalvo Art Center, encouraging the viewer to reflect on their own dark nights, grit their teeth, and arrive at the top of the hill.