Celeste Neuhaus is an interdisciplinary Artist, Educator, and self-described Critical Mystic. Her assemblages, performances, sculptures, and videos synthesize the interrelations between the elemental forces at play in the body, psyche, collective culture, and ecosystem of the cosmos, in an effort to provide an experience of integration and balance.
Here are a few of the questions that drive Celeste’s work:
What is buried so deeply in the American culture 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 capitalist predation?
How can the perception of the concepts feminine/masculine and nature/technology as binaries in opposition be altered to allow them to be experienced as complex interconnected continuums?
This is some of what you can find in Celeste’s work:
Synthetic versions of nature and mediated representations of wildness.
Mass produced symbolic objects used in celebration or ceremony gathered over time from many environments: cemeteries, streets, thrift stores, deserts, forests, and beaches
Geometry that gives expression to metaphysical dynamics
Reinterpretations of ritualistic acts that enable their latent meanings to emerge
Originally from Chicago, Neuhaus received her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and earned her Masters Degree in Studio Art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She has exhibited in Albuquerque, Chicago, El Paso, Los Angeles, New York, and Pittsburgh. Celeste currently lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.