Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Milan Kundera

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I am currently in NYC and just purchased Milan Kundera’s (somewhat) new book Encounter.  I had already spotted this book yesterday but had decided to hold off on the purchase.  However, I am a chronic book-shopper and found myself at said bookstore today.  My eyes lighted upon Encounter again except only one copy was left!  I immediately knew I had to purchase the book today.  So I battled through the crowd and managed to sneak my arm between two strangers and grab hold of the book.

I am excited to start reading it and think it is a book particularly relevant to artists.

Moreover, the book itself – as an item or object – is quite tantalizing.  The cover is simple and the blue/orange/black text scheme is very tasteful as well as different than the usual profusion of colors, fonts, and (photoshopped) imagery.  The texture of the paper is not smooth and its slightly corrugated feel is a reminder of less industrialized times – something less mechanized.  I particularly like the unclean cut edges of the actual paper inside the book as it reminds me of those 19th-century publications I have spent so much time pouring over.

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Author: Heidi Celeghin

ARTIST’S STATEMENT The theories guiding my art practice are largely defined by my academic background in Decadence and Aestheticism. I am concerned with the status of the image: seductive, unknowable, dangerous, and immortal. The image exists in a liminal space between illusion and reality, lies and truths, life and death. As such, the image represents the sublime. Once created, the image exists beyond the artist – it grows independently from the artist and is constantly being recreated. On the one hand, it captures a single, exquisite moment in time and therefore holds the valence of stasis and death. On the other hand, the image’s perpetual recreation means that it captures the myriad of experiences Walter Pater discusses in the conclusion to The Renaissance and therefore, it holds the valence of metamorphosis and life. It is particularly fascinating when the distinction between Art and reality begin to fall apart. Is it Art that imitates life or life that imitates Art? Major Events and Public Projects: Houston Zoo, painting-for-conservation initiative (June 2011-present) Barcelona World Race, Team Neutrogena artist (December 2010-May 2011) Select Exhibitions: Singapore via INSTINC artist residency, solo exhibition (June 2012) Limb Design, Houston, Texas, group exhibition (April 2012) Jack Hanna Gala, Houston Zoo, solo exhibit (October 2011) Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (October 2011) Norma R. Ory Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2011) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, Awty International Gala (2011) Willard Straight Art Gallery, group exhibit for Forword Literary Magazine (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2008) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2006) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2005) Art Fairs: Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong (2013) Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2012) Affordable Art Fair, New York (2012)

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