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Charlotte Segall

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Body Fountain, 2013-14 Oil On Canvas 96 X 72 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Body Fountain (detail), 2013-14 Oil On Canvas 96 X 72 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Baby Jesus Mind Explosion, 2013 Ballpoint Pen And Tempera On Paper 7.5 X 5.5 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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After Jordaens, 2012 Ballpoint Pen In Artist's Sketchbook 8.5 X 5.5 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Take Flight, 2010 Ballpoint Pen On Vellum 11 X 14 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Lamby Thing, 2008 Ballpoint Pen On Vellum 11 X 14 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Question, 2010 Ballpoint Pen On Vellum 11 X 14 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Question (detail), 2010 Ballpoint Pen On Vellum 11 X 14 Inches © Charlotte Segall
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Study for 'Hot Mess', 2013 Oil On Panel 8 X 10 Inches © Charlotte Segall
Quick Facts
Birth year
1983
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
Savannah College of Art and Design
New York Academy of Art
Tags
ballpoint pen painting, figurative
Statement

As I pursue what ‘becoming’ would look like I have likened the body to amorphous shapes that are always straining to pull apart as much as hold together.  Equal and opposite forces are something to represent but also a muscular impulse in my own body, a dance that happens as a mode of production.  Drawing from Rubens has had paramount influence on what this means.  When I first drew from Rubens’ “Holy Family”, I realized I wanted to draw sheep.  Careful rendering of knotted wool gave me a form that at once relates to the intuitive motions of abstract expressionism but that is also specific to representation. 

In this slip between familiarity and nothingness there is a possibility for the abject to arise.  The abject occurs when something familiar, even loved, passes into the unknown.  The unknown is frightening and essential to unique experience.  It is also a space to contemplate.