Celeste Neuhaus is an interdisciplinary Artist, Educator, Ecofeminist, and Critical Mystic. Her assemblages, performances, sculptures, and videos synthesize the seemingly disparate underlying forces at play in the ecosystem of the cosmos. Revealing elemental interrelations between between the body, psyche, culture, and planet, her practice is dedicated to recontextualizing an aesthetics of healing.
Here are a few of the questions that drive Celeste’s work:
What is buried so deeply in 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 complex and interconnected continuums?
This is some of what you can find in Celeste’s work:
Synthetic versions of natural objects and mediations of wildlife
Mass produced symbolic objects used in celebration or ceremony gathered over time from various environments: cemeteries, sidewalks, thrift stores, deserts, forests, and beaches
Forms that give expression to metaphysical dynamics as understood via a multitude of healing modalities
Reinterpretations of ritualistic acts that enable their latent intentions 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’s practice is currently based in Pittsburgh where she teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.