Reclamation Reading Room: Lakich: For Light. For Love. For Life.


Lili Lakich the goddess! I took her neon workshop in Los Angeles back in 2016. If you are in LA please check out MONA the Museum of Neon Art which she founded.


LAKICH: For Light. For Love. For Life." is Lili Lakich's autobiographical visual memoir of her four-decade career as one of the premier artists working in illuminated sculpture today. The coffee-table style book also includes essays by gallery director Louise Lewis, public art historian Michael Several and author and critic Ray Zone.

About the Author

Lili Lakich began working with neon while still a student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Turning away from traditional art school curricula and concerns led her to neon, the bright light that had intrigued her as a child during numerous cross-country car trips with her family. She had always loved to draw and upon discovering that neon is essentially drawing with light, Lakich felt as if she'd unlocked both the secret to the universe as well as to her own creativity. Created over a span of four decades, Lakich's metal sculptures with neon have brought a human dimension to a medium considered by some as cold and garish. Often highly charged with emotion and monumental in size, they are like jewels salvaged from the modern world, transformed into icons of glistening beauty. In 1981, Lakich founded the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in Los Angeles to exhibit, document, restore and preserve the neon, electric and kinetic art forms rarely shown in galleries and museums, including some of the the very signs that inspired her own love for the medium. Lakich's illuminated sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan and Canada. Her public art commissions include "L.A. Angel" at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, "And Justice For All" at Hamilton Place in Torrance, CA and "Guardian" at Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Also the author of "Neon Lovers Glow in the Dark," Lili Lakich lives in Los Angeles.