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Ilene Segalove

American, b. 1950

Secret Places (I Hid, I Lived, I Loved)

Gelatin silver print
25.75 x 36.5 in. (65.405 x 92.71 cm)
Gift of the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation

As a conceptual feminist artist, Segalove employed the use of photography and video art to capture and comment on a version of her personal life ad well as the narratives from media and advertising. Around 1974, her work shifted to more quasi-personal narratives with Mother’s Treasures, a sequence of photographs of her mother looking at her daughter’s artworks created during her childhood. Segalove’s personal life was further displayed in her following collections like Secret Places, which portrays places she has hid, lived or worked, but is not discernable (intentionally).

Segalove received her BFA at the University of Santa Barbara in 1972 where she was introduced to video by her sculpture professor, Roland Brenner. She then pursued her masters in Communication Arts at Loyola Marymount University in 1975. She began teaching class with John Baldessari at CalArts, a school known to be a very progressive art school, and there she was exposed to the Feminist Art Program. Segalove also worked in the movie/tv industry as a commercial writer, director and producer in addition to her work as an author and critic of art.

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