Don't Tell Her to Hush

March 10, 2016

For her day job, Kate Hush fabricates neon art and lighting for others. She’s been creating “digital neon” art for ages—posted as animations on her tumblr—and has, in the past few years, transitioned to actual neon. She says her work is inspired by “men’s rights activists and their ideas of women. They're so extreme in their warped viewpoints that it's truly comical to me.”

In her work she creates “’crazy’ women doing bad things,” enamored with the humor of provocation. Her work, she reminds people offended by it, is tongue-in-cheek. Noir films, she says, “have the best evil women.”

In an excerpt from her artist’s statement, she writes:
Triboluminescence is the creation of light through the breaking of bonds. This friction is what I capture in intricately thin silhouettes—bodies and scenery made of light. The men have suffered, and will suffer. The women are conniving and manipulative, naturally. Their tears are phony and their heels are high. I am bringing to light, literally, their wicked ways. I illustrate the moment when you realize you've followed her down the wrong road, right before the crash. You're going to call them all crazy bitches anyway, so why not light them that way?