Marc Seguin

Marc Séguin is a French Canadian painter and novelist whose work is held in several important collections. He splits his time between his home in Montréal, Québec, and his Brooklyn, New York studio. Touching on themes of the politically backward, the environmentally compromised and the socially divided, his work reveals deeper truths about the nature of humanity through images that are not only thought-provoking but beautifully elegiac.

Since 2000, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec have all acquired major works by Marc Séguin. His prints and paintings can be found in numerous Canadian corporate collections and those of major private Canadian and American collectors. To date, Marc Séguin has held more than 20 solo shows and participated in many more group exhibitions and art fairs around the world, including Madrid, Barcelona, Venice, Berlin, Cologne, New York, Miami, Chicago, Brussels, and Namur.

Marc Séguin has also published 4 critically acclaimed fiction novels – La foi du braconnier, Hollywood, Nord Alice, and Jenny Sauro. He also directed and produced a feature film, Stealing Alice, and directed a documentary entitled The State of the Farm.

3 words to describe Nature? 

A Resilient & Beautiful Thing

3 things Nature taught you?

Patience

Violence

Creativity

3 most treasured Nature spots?

The ocean

The island I live on

Anywhere in the wind

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Introspective

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Human, impaired and perfect

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Like being on a spaceship made of rock

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Like time has passed again

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Unfit to live in nature. It also means I gotta get out of the river and stop fishing for a while.

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Powerful forces can be invisible. And it draws a smile. Every time.

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Anywhere, as long as it remains wild and not impacted by us.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

10

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

Playing and shaping my child’s world with mud.

 


Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann is the CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS. She started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun. She is the Executive Director of Union Hall, an emerging and established artist platform giving Denver’s vibrant arts community a dedicated position in the Union Station neighborhood, and co-founder of dotfolio, an online art selling platform. She is currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

3 words to describe Nature?

Omniscient. Life-giving. Generative

3 things Nature taught you?

Humility

Beautiful decay

Connectedness 

3 most treasured Nature spots?

Dauphin Island, AL, USA 

Blue Lagoon, Capri, IT 

Pawnee Buttes, CO, USA

When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?

Small (in a good way)

When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?

Alive

When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?

Like I should look for water

When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?

Humble 

When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?

Like I should look for shelter

When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?

Like it's time to batten down the hatches

Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?

Ocean 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?

9 

Share with us a childhood nature memory?

As a girl growing up in Georgia, I used to hide in the azalea bushes catching and releasing color-changing green anoles. Sometimes I'd collect them in my lavender purse, but they'd always find their way out and escape. I always wanted to know if they'd eventually turn lavender being surrounded by all that purple. 

A girl in my class used to catch the anoles, pinch their jaws slightly and release the grip near her earlobes so that their mouths would clamp down on gently on her earlobe flesh for a temporary display of "lizard earrings". It was quite a sight, but I thought the lizards didn't like it at all.