[Image: Patrick Segura, World 354 (still), 2013, Video, 00:01:05; © Patrick Segura]
Patrick Segura (b. 1987, New Iberia, Louisiana)
I work between things - virtuality and the body, sex and video games, pregnancy and landscapes. Within virtuality my conscious-ness lies in an intermediary, liminal position; a ritual of constant becoming between body and mind. Within this crossroads is understanding of both sides. Liminality can be sacred, seductive, and dangerous, and this crossing is not a place, but, like sex, an intersection.
As a long-term competitive video gamer, I've come to understand variations of virtuality through the lens of competition. Documentation of a competitive virtual interaction manifested through involuntary actions of the body frames the experience in a unique manner. At the moment of intensity, the self splits, hovering between two states of being. Through performance I appropriate and exaggerate these residual gestures of immersion through play.
Culture is play, art is play, and ritual is play. I partake in rituals of constant shifts, becoming other selves. Through this other, virtuality penetrates reality, affecting the body and identity. This penetration is mutual, both insertive and receptive. I insert myself into virtuality, and I receive virtuality into me. A loving relationship, bigendered, and pregnant.
Education: MFA (candidate) in Fiber & Material, Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago (expected graduation: May 2014), 2014. BFA in Studio Art (Painting), University of Louisiana at Lafayette Louisiana State University, 2011 .
Patrick Segura was chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #1 of the 2014 ArtSlant Showcase series.
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