ARTIST STATEMENT + CV

Monica Seggos is a Greek-American artist focusing on narrative based Site-Responsive projects in Environmental, Virtual, Performance and Installation Art.

Seggos’ process is the foundation of her Site-Responsive practice: after conducting initial research, the work is situated within space and time; the narrative emerges through a daily walking as art ritual;  response to the space is translated into a visual metaphor; disruptive elements are introduced into the tableau; and the unexpected/unplanned for is integrated. The juxtaposition of contrary elements creates an engaging, immersive cabinet of curiosity within the virtual, physical or environmental mises-en-scène. Process allows Seggos to maintain consistency across all media, while narrative maintains the through line in her work. Documentation of the process is a crucial component of her work - as vital as the documentation of the projects in situ.

Seggos is medium agnostic which allows her to use the materials and processes that best embrace the storyline.  Her installations are self-contained, full scale, three-dimensional assemblages, and within the tableau are variations of sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography, costume, video, wordplay, poetry, sound, found objects, Olfactory Art, Digital Art and Body Adornment. Elements of scenography are incorporated to enhance the narrative, and a performance component based in social practice is developed 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' 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, femininity and relationship. She thrives on challenging herself to transcend her self-imposed limitations in order to experience being fully engaged in her process.



Seggos (New York City, 1965) 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

Performance
2021 Walking Through Liminality #2, Nantucket, MA
2020 Detoxification, with filmmaker Badir McCleary, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Dear Sun, with filmmaker Badir McCleary, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Meat Hunger, with Ellis David Perry, pskaufman, Los Angeles, CA
2019 Walking Through Liminality #1, Tintagel, Cornwall, UK
2018 The Alchemist, Startup Art Fair, San Francisco, CA   

Solo
2018 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
2018 Self-Voyeur, StARTup Art Fair Los Angeles, Venice, CA
2017 The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1:  The Doctor’s Office, Leiminspace, LA
2016 The Broken Heart Repair Shop, Version 1:  The Doctor’s Office, Savannah, GA
2014 tu me manques, Olivier Cave 3, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France
2013 a Tisket, a Tasket, a Trinket, and a Casket, MA Final Exhibition, Savannah, GA

Group
2021
Fields, Factories, Fame, and Fallacies, Los Angeles, CA, ArtShare LA, curated by Badir McCleary
Die Schule der Folgenlosigkeit. Übungen für ein anderes Leben, Museum für Kunst und
Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
2020
Portraits of Yesteryear, Curated by Badir McCleary, Los Angeles, CA
Pen Pal, (virtual exhibition), leiminspace, Los Angeles
Eternal Sky, pskaufman gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Modern Love, juried, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA
2014
Eco Art Installation, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France
Eco Art Video Installation, SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste, France

Residencies
2021 Contemporary Activist, Visual Art Performance with Martha Wilson, CAMP (virtual)
2021 AWNE with Lars Holdhus, BEK (Bergen Senter for Elektronisk Kunst) (virtual)
2021 Vulnerability in Creativity with Jlin,  CAMP (virtual)
2021 AWNE with Lars Holdhus, CAMP (virtual)
2021 Nantucket Residency (private), Nantucket, MA
2020 Homepage Digital Residency, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX
2014 SCAD Lacoste, France (Spring)

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

Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations/Critiques
2021  Lecture, BEK Symposium,  The only lasting truth is change, AWNE with Lars Holdhus, Bergen,
          Norway, Nov 19 (virtual)
2021  Lecture/Critique, Savannah College of Art and Design, April 2 (virtual)
2021  Lecture/Critique, Savannah College of Art and Design, April 16 (virtual)
2021  Lecture/Critique, Savannah College of Art and Design, October 1 (virtual)

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

Education
2016  MA Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
1987  BA St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY


Bibliography
McCleary, Badir. “Portraits Of Yesteryear Exhibition Talks - Monica Seggos and Patrice Robinson “.
     Art  Above Reality. YouTube. https://youtu.be/01kUHgW1xd4. 11 December 2020. Web.
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

(updated Monday 29 Nov 2021)