ARTIST STATEMENT + CV

(updated Sunday 8 November 2020)

Monica Seggos
Transdisciplinary Art

Monica Seggos is a Greek-American artist who focuses on building narrative environments. Each environment is a synthesization of multiple mediums with the primary objective of forming a coherent whole that contains several layers of meaning for maximum impact.

The environments are full scale installations that are self-contained assemblages with a distinctive concept.  For each project, she conducts research, develops a narrative, translates it into a visual metaphor and introduces disruptive elements into a tableau.

Building environments allows Seggos to fully develop all aspects of the narrative and enables her to aggregate various mediums under one umbrella. She incorporates variations of sculpture, assemblage, mixed media, painting, photography, costume, video, wordplay, poetry, found objects, Olfactory Art, Post-Internet Art and Body Adornment within the mise-en-scène. The juxtaposition of contrary elements creates an engaging, immersive cabinet of curiosity.  

A performance component based in social practice is developed for the environment as an interactive element for the viewer.  The viewer is just as important to the work as is the tableau-in fact, integral, inseparable. The works are not complete until the viewer participates in their existence. 

Seggos also engages in a separate Performance Art practice.

Seggos' work is self as well as culturally reflective in an emotionally responsive and experiential way, dealing with the human experience, nature, space and time, environment, memories, the metaphysical, transformation, automediality and relationship. She thrives on challenging herself to transcend her self-imposed limitations in order to experience being fully engaged in her process-body, mind, heart and soul.

Seggos (New York, NY, 1965) is based in Los Angeles.  She studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design (2016)


ARTIST STATEMENT

my works are explorations.  self-portraits.  expressive of personal transformation and my inner spirit, fears, dreams and passions.  they are metaphors for my life and my relationship to nature, beauty and the universe.  my emotions, thoughts and feelings are transmuted through my work, which manifests a deeper, more heartfelt, level of consciousness.

it is alchemy.

my intention:  an invocation of sensory response, preferably intense and profound


CV
Upcoming
Group Exhibitions
Die Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (Dec 2020-May 2021)
 Solo Exhibitions
Homepage Digital Residency IRL, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX  (Date TBD, Covid-19)

Previous
Solo Exhibitions
Walking Through Liminality #1, Tintagel, Cornwall, UK, 2019
The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 2: Love Is All There Is, Satellite Art Show, Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2018
The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1: The Doctor’s Office, Venice, CA, May 2018 
Self-Voyeur, StARTup Art Fair Los Angeles, Venice, CA, 2018
The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1:  The Doctor’s Office, Leiminspace, LA, 2017
The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1:  The Doctor’s Office, Savannah, GA, 2016 (June)
The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1:  The Doctor’s Office, Savannah, GA, 2016 (May)
Ebb Tide, Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich, CT, 2014
tu me manques, Olivier Cave 3, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France, 2014 
Heart Attack, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA, 2013
a Tisket, a Tasket, a Trinket, and a Casket, MA Final Exhibition, Fahm Hall,
          Savannah, GA, 2013

Group Exhibitions
2020
Eternal Sky, pskaufman gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January 2020
2016
Modern Love, juried, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA 
Tattoo Festival Exhibition, juried, The Butcher Gallery, Savannah, GA
2014 
Eco Art Installation, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France
Eco Art Video Installation, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France
Small Works, juried, Gutstein Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2013  
Live to Deliver, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA
Current, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA
Vegetable, A Cotton Lamb Story, juried, Sicky Nar Nar, Savannah,GA
SCAD Jewelry and Objects, juriedSCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
SCAD Jewelry and Objects, juried, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA

Performance
Meat Hunger, with Ellis David Perry, pskaufman, Los Angeles, CA, March 2020   
The Alchemist, Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA, April 2018   
Flaming Heart, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA, 2013
The Alchemist, Fahm Hall Gallery, Savannah, GA, 2013
Renaissance Angel, tableau vivant, Telfair Academy, Savannah, GA, 2013

Curatorial Projects
2013 Current, Fahm Hall, Savannah, GA
2014 Eco Art Installation, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France

Residencies
2020 Homepage Digital Residency, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX, May 2020
2014 SCAD Lacoste, France (Spring)
2009 Artist-in-Residence, The Jumeirah Essex Hotel, NY, NY

Awards/Grants
2020            Center for Cultural Innovation, Grant  
2020            Artist's Relief, Grant 
2020            Women's Center for Creative Work, Grant 
2015-16       Dean’s Fellow, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2014-15       Dean’s Fellow, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2013-14       Dean’s Fellow, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
2012-13       Dean’s Fellow, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA


Bibliography
Hager, Holly.  "Ask the Collector with Holly Hager:  Collecting 101-Performance Art."
     Art Zealous.  20 December 2018.  Web.
Campodonico, Christina.  "Monica Seggos Brings Her Broken Heart Repair Shop to the 
     Venice Art Crawl."  The Argonaut. 9 May 2018. Web.