When artist Barbara Ségal posted a picture of her creation on Instagram, the fashion world stopped to catch its breath. Her beautiful creation is so life-like that people thought it was an actual Hermes Birkin bag with a geode-like finish.
Ségal is famous for drawing inspiration from everyday things like bathrobes, little girls’ dresses, or Hermes handbags. She studied stone carving at the distinguished École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSB-A) in Paris in the early ’70s with teachers like René Collamarini with whom she later exhibited at the Musée Rodin.
After spending years in Europe, she moved back to New York in the late ’70s. The city’s rich pop and fashion cultures became a source of inspiration for Ségal. However, it is evident that her body of work is heavily influenced by Renaissance and Baroque art. Her works are very realistic that people mistake them for actual everyday objects.
Ségal lives in Yonkers, NY with her husband and son where she works on her sculptures. Demand for her work is high both in the United States and abroad. She remains very active as an artist by contributing to internationally recognized publications and blogs. Segal teaches stone carving at the School of Visual Arts and foundations of sculpture at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY.
Photo screengrabbed from Barbara Sègal’s Instagram