Michelle Segre

“In positioning the work frontally to the viewer, I emphasize the idea of the art object as a kind of transmitter or receiver of information, the information itself being a source of energy that gets exchanged with the viewer. I’m interested in the capabilities of art as a kind of force, whose impact can be felt on so many different levels, be they emotional, or visceral, or spiritual. The nature of that force and figuring out what it is, is probably the thing that draws me to both make art and experience it in the world.”

Orbit of the Haggis, 2020
Yarn, plastic-coated wire, metal, paper-maché, beeswax, acrylic polymer, canvas, mushrooms, lotus root and paint
128 x 84 x 35 in.


This interview has been edited, read the full interview here.


Interviews were conducted by Chenée Daley; a Jamaican-born, New York-based multi-genre writer, whose work encompasses poetry, prose, and song. Grounded in the tender narratives of personal histories where place and memory connect, her work has won the first place writing prize from the University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Small Axe writing prize, the Denis Diderot [A-I-R] fellowship from Chateau Orquevaux in Ardenne, France and was recently shortlisted for the Eddie Baugh poet laureate of Jamaica prize. Her work appears in The Wall Street Journal, The Jamaica Observer, Small Axe Journal, The Cordite Review, American Chordata, and BOMB magazine. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University.

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