Exploring Memory Through Art: The Works of Tamar Segev

Website: tamarsegevart.com


Tamar Segev is a visual artist based in Boston, MA. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College and an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies from Illinois. Since completing her MFA, she has shown her work in four solo exhibitions, including one at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Segev is the recipient of the 2022 Naomi Anolic Early Career Jewish Artist Award and recently attended a residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany. In 2024, she will be participating in a three-person exhibition at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Artist Statement

Segev makes abstract works on paper and canvas that explore how memory is embedded within a city’s built environment. Through multiple interpretations of a single site, she creates records of observation, inquiry, and response. She incorporates stitching as an intentionally slow and arduous process embodying the labor of remembering and conjuring her long lineage of textile workers – including enslaved laborers during WWII. Her creative research foregrounds the importance of memory as a practice where active remembering ensures memory’s place in the present. In her current body of work, she engages with the built environment of Berlin, Germany through walks guided by memorials and commemorative plaques.