Sculpture is an aesthetic language I use to bridge the gap between reason and emotion.
The deep disconnect between scientific rationality and the emotional nature of human experience draws into question where we find meaning and how we seek to answer fundamental questions about life.
Drawing from landscape, science, history, emotion, and perception, my work questions the scientific lens of quantified data by which natural systems are formally studied, and seeks to express natural forces and complex changes in the landscape as a sensory experience that is accessible and intuitive.
My work explores ways to transcend the divide from objective scientific data towards that of experiential knowledge, honoring a more inclusive and expansive understanding of knowledge and how it can be communicated across generations.
Adrien Segal is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 2007, and is published in several books and academic journals. She has been awarded numerous Artist Residencies across the US, Canada, and Europe, and has work in permanent collections including the City of Homer, Alaska, the Museum of Art in Wood in Philadelphia, and the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C.
In 2022 Adrien was the US-UK Fulbright Scholar with the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Previously, she was the Latham Fellow at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, and a Visiting Artist at San Diego State University, Benchspace Cork in Ireland, and at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. Adrien is a professor of Art and Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she received a BFA in 2007. She pursues her creative practice out of her studio on the former Naval Base in Alameda, California.