Adrien Segal (USA)


Artist’s statement

Scientific conventions are founded on the belief that we must systematically eliminate emotional involvement to uncover truths about the natural world. As a result, I feel a deep disconnect from nature and a great loss of intuitive knowledge. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that integrates scientific research, data visualization, history, landscape, and materiality, my work uses scientific data as a conceptual resource.

Sculpture is the means by which I reconcile conventions of reason and fact with an intuitive and emotive experience. I interpret the complex poetics of statistical information by translating data into lines, forms, and materials to reveal trends, patterns, and changes in the landscape that occur over time. Layers of tangible information are communicated intuitively as a refined and contextual physical experience from which knowledge can be elicited.



Artist’s bio

Born in 1985 in California, Adrien Segal is a sculpture artist based in Alameda, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and is published in several books and academic journals, including Boom: A Journal of California; Data Flow 2; and Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology. She has been an artist in residence at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Alaska, the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, and at Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco.

Segal has held a visiting artist position at San Diego State University and was a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts, where she received a BFA in furniture design in 2007. In addition to teaching, she pursues her creative practice out of her studio on the former naval base in Alameda, California.