The Coal Confession
Single-channel video, black and white, sound; 2:38 min, transfer to digital
Ilene Segalove has taken the raw material of her daily life as her subject matter, focusing more specifically on suburban California. Working in various media including appropriated images and photography, Segalove is perhaps best known for her early engagement with video and her investigation of consumerism (especially in relation to television), feminism, popular culture, and autobiography. In Coal Confession, a video she made while still at UCSB, Segalove recounts having received an outstanding grade on a school report that she plagiarized. The deprecating humor in this work is also found in her more recent videos. In What Ever Happened to MY Future? Segalove addresses her younger self by revisiting an earlier recording she made as a young adult. This ironic work confronts some of her life's disappointments. Segalove's confessional approach and predisposition for selfnarration can likewise be read in Secret Places, also on view in this gallery, which features three stark photographic images depicting the exterior of buildingsintimate locations for the artist, places where she lived and loved.
b. United States, 1950
Courtesy of the artist
SEGALOVE, Ilene and b. United States, 1950, “SEGALOVE, Ilene,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed October 3, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/10858.