We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddy Segal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eddy, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
One of the most difficult decisions I’ve made on my path as an artist has been to chart my own course. I did not go to art school, I studied Anthropology because I found it fascinating. I worked in a gallery and at Condé Nast in my early 20s but drifted away from those established worlds and ended up assisting my mentor, C. Finley, in creating the Every Woman Biennial. No MFA program could have taught me more than organizing multiple shows with hundreds of other inspiring artists. Seek the education that *really* feeds not only your practice but your soul, whether it’s from tradespeople, your creative peers, spiritual teachers, or a traditional college course. Don’t get hung up on the pieces of paper saying what you know, because those papers are mattering less and less. Also, as a creative our income is always variable. Be comfortable with that and save whenever you can!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a painter, muralist, and Creative Director. I work primarily in Los Angeles, New York and Mexico City, but hope after Covid to take my practice to new places. I miss the world. Everything I do–whether it’s a portrait, a mural, a music video set or a painted wedding dress–is a braid of talismans, political commentary, anthropology, shadow work and prayers. The older I get the more eco-friendly my practice has to be, there is less and less room to create work that doesn’t align with my values. I think we all feel we are living in a particularly powerful moment. There’s an urgency that’s real; change the world. Adapt and cultivate your higher self now now now. Put that knowledge into practice without compromise. Plant seeds.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite part of LA is all the hidden pockets of nature there to clear your mind. I love walking along the LA river near my studio in Frogtown, the hiking trails in Elysian Park, the Exposition Park rose garden, and escaping up to Malibu for more hiking and the beach. I have a rule though; when you enjoy nature you need to do something nice for her in return. Pick up some trash. I promise you’ll feel amazing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
C. Finley, my art mother and mentor. Gabriel Magdaleno and Domonique Echeverria, my best friends who are two of the best artists I’ve ever encountered. They are rocks in times of trouble, my spiritual family. The Every Woman Biennial. My mom, Rosa, and sister, Boofy. The strongest smartest women. So blessed to be your blood.