Meryl Pataky is a neon and mixed media artist based in San Francisco, CA. Informed by her education in fine art sculpture and inspired by the organic elements she works with, Meryl creates neon installations that subverts cultural expectations of the medium to explore deeper meanings and concepts. She is passionate about supporting women in the arts, and produced an all-female neon exhibition called “She Bends: Women in neon”
It all starts with a dream. The spark of inspiration that propels you to pursue your best life. What inspires you?
I'm very inspired by the other creatives in my community, mostly painters. We all help each other out and give each other advice.
What do you love most about creating neon pieces?
What I love most about neon is that it teaches me a lot about myself. I'm not a patient person in my everyday life so it's almost like I have to be a different person when I step into the studio in order to get along with my material. Neon is fun because I work with fire and electricity and people call me a mad scientist, which I don't mind.
If you could make a neon sign of a shoe, which silhouette or style would you create?
If I had to make a neon sign out of a shoe I'd make a big punk rock boot.
How do you define “success” vs. “fulfillment”?
I don't think that there's a difference between being successful and feeling fulfilled. I think if you feel fulfilled you are successful. My creative practice gives me a lot of fulfillment but obviously my personal relationships as well. I also teach children and they really brighten my week up.
What is your “Get Ready” jam?
Music is such an important part of entering the world and being a creative and my jam kind of depends on my mood. Right now Justin Timberlake is my main man. What Goes Around Comes Around is my favorite song to bend to in the studio.
What's your shoe attitude?
My shoe attitude is comfortable. These chunky sneakers are so me, because I'm comfortable and cool.