Eve De Haan makes neon art that speaks to more than just your aesthetic eye

We meet the mind behind Half A Roast Chicken.

[E]ve De Haan, better known as Half A Roast Chicken online, is creating art that really speaks to you, literally. Well not in the sense of talking robots (because you can’t trust them) but in the sense that De Haan uses the written word to provoke and challenge through all of her art. Graduating with a degree in Theology, Eve delves into the meanings of the concepts we’ve grown to know so well. From the simple “You” to the downright enlightened “STOP LISTENING TO RUMOURS MADE UP BY COMPUTERS”, her work challenges the wavering nuances in the meanings of words so readily used in our society. From exploring expressions of femininity in ‘STOP SHOWING YOUR BOOBS’ as a sign of the aggression towards female sexuality, Eve finds neon as the perfect medium to examine concepts as well as to make people stop and take it in.

With works exhibited across the world, from the ultimate home of neon – the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles – to working on Nike’s tights campaign, Eve De Haan is fast becoming an internet sensation. Her Instagram has over 6k followers, because who doesn’t love a bit of neon flashing up on their feeds, and she’s running her latest exhibition as we speak. Opening on the 13th February 2018 is distraction, her latest dive into dissecting the IRL to URL world, it’s an unmissable event. We caught up with Eve De Haan to find out how she seeks the hidden meanings and just what is it about neon…

You originally studied theology, has this influenced your work? If so, how?

Theology is the study of religious belief. Through studying this for three years, I fell in love with the concept of debate. Reading up on theology really emphasised my love for words. Words can be commanding but ambiguous, I think the beauty lies within the interpretation.

How does it feel creating art in the current political climate?

I think now is one of the best times to be creating. Now is the time to make a difference with your work, to try in any way you can to push for progression.

How did you start creating your neon art?

When I was studying university, I went on a neon course and from then on, I fell in love. My artwork mainly centres around words, and I believe neon is the perfect medium to compliment this. I started first with using acrylic and vinyl and then moved onto neon.

Why do you think neon is so big right now? What is it about the form which appeals to you most?

I like to create things that are provocative. Neon is unapologetic yet it adds gradients and shades of meaning within a statement. I consider neon an ideal medium to explore the expression and the changeable nuances within the words so readily used in society today.

How do you feel social media affects art?

I have been developing a body of installations which examine concepts of change and the imprint technology makes on youth culture. I think there are positives and negatives to social media, and I’m really excited to explore this question within my work. For me one of the main positives is that art now can be showcased on a much wider platform.

What’s next for you?

Some of my work has just moved from the Museum of Neon in LA, to a show in San Francisco. In London I have a solo show that is currently running until the 9TH March in Shoreditch. After this I will be exhibiting in “Empowerment” for the NastyWomen exhibit. I am more than excited.

distraction runs from 13th February until the 9th March at not just another store on 189 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU. Follow Eve De Haan on Instagram here now and check out her website here.