'SWELL' is complete / by Michelle Goldchain

Just finished a new artwork! This one, "SWELL," uses round wooden plaques, used cigarettes, neon, and wire.

With the acrid smell of the cigarettes and the physical roughness of the wooden plaque, the brightness of the neon is a stark contrast to the overall elements used. The finished piece is meant to be sarcastic with the word choice because how are cigarettes or the cancer it brings swell? And the blinking of the lights could also be made similar to retailers (who use neon signs) and their struggle to sell cigarettes as the smoking rate hits an all-time low.

The artwork serves as a reminder to others that the only way to see any lightness in the usage of cigarettes is to ignore the smell and the price that comes with it.