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Michelle Segre

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1965, Michelle Segre moved to New York City in 1970, where she has lived ever since, graduating from the Cooper Union School of Art in 1987. 

Segre has had numerous solo shows to date, including the Derek Eller Gallery, New York; the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles; Murray Guy Gallery, New York; and the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York. She has participated in group shows at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT; the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York; the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado, amongst others.

Recent solo surveys include the University Art Museum at SUNY, Albany; and the Cress Gallery at The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Segre’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, Time Out, The New Yorker, Bomb, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Vice Magazine, among other publications. Past awards and honors include a Tiffany Biennial Award (2001), an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2011), a NYFA Fellowship Award (2014), a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship (2016), and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship award (2016).

Segre has taught for many years as an adjunct at various institutions, including New York University, the School of Visual Arts, the Cooper Union School of Art, and Laguardia Community College. She is represented by the Derek Eller Gallery in New York.

The book mentioned in the interview is James Gleick’s Time Travel.

Driftloaf Totem (Purple/black) 2016 50 x 19 x 4 3/4 inches Bread, rock, yarn, thread, plastic-coated wire, metal, plasticine, mylar
Porous, Porous 2014 109 x 50.5 x 22 inches Metal, wood, foam, plaster, yarn, thread, wire, plastic lace, plasticine, bread, plastic bag, paint
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  1. […] Michelle Segre is a Brooklyn-based artist and teacher. Segre is primarily a sculptor who works with yarn, papier mache, and has recently begun incorporating dried organic materials. She currently has a solo show at Derek Eller Gallery where she has been exhibiting since 2004. For her first show for the gallery she created a series of drawings which she describes as “intricate networks of marks.” In the ensuing years, her sculptures have begun to mimic this style in their intricacy of lines. Segre formerly sculpted large objects out of beeswax. She says she is always on the lookout for sculptural materials including natural items and found objects. Of her work, Segre says the dissection of space plays a role. “I’m imagining space as interacting planes,” she says, going on to describe the organic inclusions as indicative of time and a “past DNA.” […]


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