Jessica Segall

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Artist Statement


My work investigates the link between creativity and survival, engaging current cultural attitudes towards adaptation. Combining ecology and art history, I present acts of endurance and build tools for survival in a precarious time.

An interest in cultural production in response to harsh climate often takes me to remote locations, such as the high arctic or the remote desert. In my performances I play with both the risk of engaging with the environment and the vulnerability of the environment itself. These travels inspire my performance and installation work, which is designed to bring some of that wildness into institutional spaces.

My works are models for co-habitation with the natural world in a time of resource scarcity, resulting in installations and performances that revolve around functional, handmade objects. Zzzzzzz is a wooden captain’s bed housing beehives in its drawers. Fugue in B Flat is a grand piano modified into an active beehive. Paradise Begins With a Shipwreck is a wooden arctic sledging ship built for use as an ice-age movie theater. The Hardship consists of a freezer compressor that crystalizes a copper plate, making a portable iceberg for a non-glacial future. A Selfless Reteaching Jet is a wood-burning film projector built to sustain film and video art in times of petroleum emergency. A Thirsty Person is a performance floating on icebergs in the arctic while wearing custom survival gear. ½ a cord was an indoor, public fire-pit installed at Recess’s Soho storefront location. For two weeks, visitors were invited to camp out, roast marshmallows and sing around the fire.

Breaking Ice is a collaboration with composer Iddo Aharony and physicists Ivo Peters and Qin Xu. The project speaks to the increasing rate of melting glaciers by creating a laboratory-controlled model of the phenomenon. My ice sculptures were fractured in a particle physics laboratory and filmed at 10,000 frames per second. The performance combines electronics, cello and live video projection.



MFA Columbia University School of Art, New York, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
BA, Bard College, Annandale, NY
Lorenzo de Medici Institute, Florence, Italy

Nom Ohm Nom, NY, NY
½ a cord, Recess, NY, NY
Flutteries, or A Feeling of Impending Doom, 125 Maiden Lane, NY, NY
Rock Shop III, Denny Gallery, NY, NY
A Thirsty Person, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
The Hardship, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA


The Things I Carried, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX
LANDMARK, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Time + Space: Futures, Bemis Art Center, Omaha, NE
Well Traveled, Rush Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Fixed / Fluxed, Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, VT
The Museum, Imagined, Danese Corey, NY, NY
A Sea Change Into Worlds Rich and Strange, Abrons Art Center, NY, NY
27 Below, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Draw: Mapping Madness, Dali Contemporary Art Museum, Dali, China
Homestead, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
Electric House, Helper Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Draw: Mapping Madness, Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China
Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY
Artists and The Arctic Circle, 1285 Broadway Gallery, NY, NY
Zodiac in the House of Element, Pongnoi Gallery, Chang Mai, Thailand
Stage for a Journey, ReMap4, Athens, Greece
Welcome to the Real, TEMP Art Space, NY, NY
Material, Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
A City(ies) That Walked, The Archigram Space Program, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA
Videorover, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY
Land Art Mongolia, National Modern Art Gallery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Machine Wilderness; International Symposium for Electronic Art 2012, Albuquerque, NM
Found Outside, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
RAPID/TRANSIT, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia,
EAF 2011, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Handheld History, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
The Wrong Miracle, NoMinimo, Puntilla, Ecuador
A Failed Entertainment, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, NY, NY
A Momentary Fantasy, Scaramouche, NY, NY
El Maiz es Nuestra Vida, Centro Provincial de Arte Plastica and Disegno, 10th Havana Bienal, Cuba
OK Comedy: Jakarta International Video Festival, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia


Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant Foundation for Contemporary Art, Emergency Grant
NYSCA (Electronic Media and Film)
New York Foundation for the Arts (Sculpture)
Arts / Science Initiative, Chicago University
Foundation for Contemporary Art, Emergency Grant
Art Matters
L.I.A.E.P. Kansas City Artist Coalition
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Columbia University
Andrew Fisher Fellowship Fund, Columbia University

Cannonball, Miami, FL
Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
Bemis Arts Center, Omaha, NE
Sharpe / Walentas Space Program, NY, NY
Triangle Arts Residency, Brooklyn, NY
Abrons Art Center, NY, NY
Art OMI, Ghent, NY
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Aldo and Leonardo, Noatak, Alaska
SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico
Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
Land Art Mongolia, Ikh Gazriin Chuluu, Mongolia
Franconia Sculpture Park, St. Croix, MN
The Arctic Circle, Spitzbergen, Norway
Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen Foundation, Germany
Socrates Sculpture Park, Emerging Artist Fellowship
The Studios of Key West, Key West, Florida
Artist Workshop, Michaelis, University of Capetown, South Africa
2002, 2000
Artist Workshop with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky, Florence, Italy


Vaiana, Vic, (Aug 11, 2016) “A Mini Ecosystem Creates a Buzz at Socrates Sculpture Park,” Hyperallergic
“Quick View / Jessica Segall,” SciArt Magazine, July 2016, p 26
“Artist Project / How to Be an Agent of Intentional Arctic Anthropochory,” Cabinet, Issue 59, p 102 – 105
Lusty, Aimee, (July 26, 2016) “Review: Landmark at Socrates Sculpture Park” SciArt Magazine
“Voice Choices: Art” The Village Voice, June 2 – 8, 2016, p 49
“New Music Instruments Hackathon: Meet the Speakers” (June 9, 2016)
Kuennen, Joel, (May 13, 2016) “The shipwreck and The Beehive: A Sculpture Park Claims a Space for Itself         and Others” Artslant
Mason, Brook, (May 11, 2016) “Bee’s knees, there’s a buzz around Socrates Sculpture Park’s LANDMARK         exhibition” Wallpaper
Lynch, Scott (May 9, 2016) “Socrates Sculpture Park Gets a Massive Flowering Bee Bowl for 30th Anniversary” Gothamist
Johnson, Paddy, (May 2, 2016)“This Week’s Must See Events: Lets See Frieze and Best the 70-foot Bee Magnet” Art F City.
Enri, Corrine, (May 2016) Experiencing Cool Stories for When The Planet Gets Hot” Arsty
Jewell, Nicole (April 20, 2016) “Giant blooming bowl of flowers will attract bees and other pollinators to Socrates Sculpture Park” Inhabitat
Turley, Ryan, “Jessica Segall Visited By Ryan Turley” (May 2015) The Coastal Post
Worby, Rebecca, “Fire Inside” Orion Magazine, Volume 34, issue 4, p 9
Dees, Sahsa, “27 Below @ De Fabriek” (April 2015) trendbeheer
Stackhouse, Christopher, “Thinking About Jessica Segall’’s ½ a Cord” Recess Critical Writing (Feb 2015)
Dees, Sasha, “Jessica Segall: 1⁄2 a cord,” (Jan 2015) trendbeheer
“Second Saturdays: Recess,” (Jan 2015) The Whit Blog by Youth Insight Teens / The Whitney Museum
Jason (Nov 2014) “November Shows To Know” Whitewall Magazine
Burton, Louise (Oct 2014) “Fused Muse Ensemble Draws Attention to Environmental Issues Through Music, Dance and Video at Constellation in Chicago” Classicalite
Gupta, Prachi (August 2014) “From Fan Fiction To Tattoo Sleeves The Weirdest David Foster Wallace Inspired Art,”
Corona, Sarah (April 2014) “Off-Grid Technologies and the Art of Jessica Segall” Ornot Magazine
Marsala, Helga (May 2013) “New York Updates,” Arte Tribune
Kollatz, Harry Jr. (March 2013) “1708 Exhibit Ponders Creativity, Survival” Richmond Magazine
“InSight: Jessica Segall,” (March 2013) Richmond Arts Review
Sculpture Center Tumbler, Sculpture Notebook, “Jessica Segall”
“Itinerary” Sculpture Magazine, Jan / Feb 2012 Vol. 31 pp. 14
Beiträge Zur Kunstvermittlung / Kunst Wissenschaft Wirtschaft, Kuenstledorf Schoppingen pp. 29-31
Silver, Jocelyn (Sept. 2011) “Delicious Eye Candy at Socrates Sculpture Park” Hyperallergic