Scab Picker

August 31 - October 13, 2023

Opening Reception : August 31st, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Artist Talk : August 31st, 6-7pm, Room 6304

The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is pleased to present Scab Picker, a solo exhibition by Molly Segal. In her works, Segal captures the battle between dystopian entropy and optimistic desire, a conflict that unfolds quietly yet violently across landscapes and within our souls. Nature and civilization collide in both symbiosis and conflict, precariously sharing the atmosphere at great existential risk. Through surreal compositions, Segal explicitly portrays this dynamic, unsettling the pictorial space with discord. The decomposition of marine, insect, or avian life clashes with oilfields and waste sites, while romantic embraces evoke anxious recoiling. In a world with finite resources—both natural and emotional—we find ourselves grappling with insatiable needs and limited provisions. Join us in exploring Molly Segal's evocative art, where she confronts these complex themes with profound depth and introspection.


Molly Segal is a Los Angeles based painter. Born and raised in Oakland, Segal is interested in her home state of California as a site where disaster and decadence converge. Her large-scale watercolors explore fragile connections and finite resources, in particular the price of survival in inhospitable climates. Her paintings have been exhibited at Charlie James Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Zevitas Marcus Gallery. She was an inaugural artist-in-residence at the Quinn Emanuel Artist Residency in Los Angeles in 2021. Her work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Whitehot Magazine, and Lapham’s Quarterly. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013. 

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