Celeste Neuhaus is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and witch. Her assemblages, performances, sculptures, and videos reveal elemental interrelations between the body, psyche, culture, and planet, and cosmos. Through synthesizing these often compartmentalized ecologies, Celeste’s practice recontextualizes an aesthetics of healing.
Here are a few of the questions that drive Celeste’s work:
What is buried so deeply within the American ideology of excess and artifice that we have lost connection to it, and even consciousness of it?
How can space be made for wildness and mystery in the face of exploitive capitalist predation?
How can the perception of the concepts of feminine/masculine and nature/technology as binaries in opposition be altered to allow for them to be experienced as polymorphous and interconnected continuums?
This is some of what you can find in Celeste’s work:
Mass produced symbolic objects used in celebration or ceremony gathered over time from various environments: cemeteries, sidewalks, thrift stores, deserts, forests, and beaches
Synthetic versions of natural objects
Mediations of wildlife
Forms that give expression to metaphysical dynamics
Reinterpretations of ritualistic acts that enable their latent intentions to reemerge
Originally from Chicago, Celeste earned her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her Masters Degree in Studio Art at the University of New Mexico, a.k.a. “The Land of Enchantment.” Celeste has performed and exhibited widely in the United States in DIY spaces, vacant lots, magick temples, salt flats, fields of wildflowers, galleries, rooftops, and museums. Her practice is currently based in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.