Luxuriate in Discomfort

Multimedia Installation


Luxuriate in Discomfort considers our relationship with discomfort, and how the relationship shapes our experience. Together, the works confront our pursuit of comfort and luxury via a double entendre: by living a life of luxury in day-to-day torment, or by seeking discomfort as a means to contentment. Born out of a 2.5 year inquiry into the nature of pain and happiness, the works comprise a large sculpture, painting, poetry, and a book and ask what is luxury’s ultimate prize, is it freedom?

LUX is a metaphorical parody of the LAX sign found at the entrance Los Angeles International Airport and references Southern California’s historical and current place as a global trendsetter in what it means to live an extraordinarily comfortable life, a life many aspire to through the lens of numerous LA-based reality TV shows.

HEAT and COLD symbolize oppression and rejection as personified by excessively hot and cold environments, and present an alternate path toward achieving comfort and freedom. A vending machine dispenses copies of the book, Luxuriate In Discomfort.