Here are a few of the questions that fuel Celeste’s practice:
How can space be made for wildness and mystery as we find ourselves collectively entangled in the patriarchal systems of exploitive capitalist predation?
How can the perception of the concepts of feminine/masculine and nature/culture as binaries in opposition be altered to allow for them to be experienced as polymorphous and interconnected continuums?
What is buried so deeply underneath the American ideology of excess, deception, and artifice that we have lost connection to it, and even consciousness of it?
This is some of what you can find in Celeste’s work:
Forms that give expression to underlying forces
Disposed mass-produced objects used in celebration or ceremony, such as mylar balloons and plastic flowers, gathered over time from various environments: cemeteries, sidewalks, thrift stores, deserts, forests, and beaches
Reinterpretations of ritualistic acts that enable their latent intentions to reemerge
Plastic versions of natural objects and mediations of wildlife
Celeste Neuhaus is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and witch. Her work reimagines an aesthetics of healing by synthesizing the often compartmentalized ecologies of body, psyche, culture, planet, and pluriverse. Originally from Chicago, Celeste earned her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters Degree in Studio Art in “The Land of Enchantment” at the University of New Mexico, where she was enrolled in the Land Arts program in Art and Ecology. Celeste has performed and exhibited widely in the United States in magic temples, DIY spaces, salt flats, fields of wildflowers, vacant lots, galleries, rooftops, and museums. She currently lives in Pittsburgh where she creates assemblages, performances, sculptures, and videos, gives haircuts, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.