Barbara Segal has become one of the foremost realist stone carvers of our day. By incorporating both current techniques and traditional methods, each work of art becomes a symbol of the coveted icons of her youth, as well as a remark on their role in modern society.
"Personally powerful images of elegant finery, pop and fashion icons, European architecture and Baroque excess all compete for my attention. These images pervade my work in the intricate patterns, rich textures, layers of carved lace and soft, sensuous forms. I transform seemingly simple objects into lush, sensual memories of childhood, status and youthful rebellion. I share secrets of coming of age and entomb conflict and disappointment beneath patterned and tiered surfaces. The themes are universally personal."