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Alicia Eggert: All the Light You See, Photo by Paperlyte, installation view at Key Bailey Convention Center Dallas

All the Light You See

Light Installation

All the Light You See (2017) is a flashing neon sign that cycles through the statements “All the light you see is from the past” and“All you see is past” before turning off completely. It speaks to the fact that light takes time to travel, so by the time it reaches your eyes, everything you are seeing is technically already in the past. Light from the moon left its surface 1.5 seconds ago; sunlight travels for 8 minutes and 19 seconds before it touches your skin. The farther out into space we look, the further back in time we can see.


Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Tang Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, The MAC in Dallas, Galeria Fernando Santos in Portugal, and Sculpture By the Sea in Sydney, Australia. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a TED Fellowship, a Direct Artist Grant from the Harpo Foundation, a Washington Award from the S&R Foundation, an Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and the Sculpture Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she lives with her son, Zephyr.