Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Barcelona World Race: curled against the water

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curled against the water

In developing Marks, I gravitated towards narrative and image-making simultaneously.  We attempt to organize our lives around narrative convention although, in reality, our lives are composed of fleeting moments that have already passed by the time we take note of them.  Part of our reliance on the narrative mode stems from our desire to communicate our experience to others.  However, that communicated experience is inevitably edited, re-arranged, and re-imagined – ultimately resulting in an inability to accurately relay personal events.

My impulse to combine narrative – prose poetry – and image is directly related to the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk,” a total or ideal artwork, frequently associated with Richard Wagner.  Wagner, like other artists of his time, sought to combine the arts into an all-inclusive and ultimately superior art form.  I tackle this problematic in my endeavor, arguing that the visual medium is the dominant one.  Our constant reliance on and infatuation with images points to their importance on how we comprehend the world.

Marks therefore becomes an exploration of mark-making in several forms: drawing, painting, writing, speaking, and sailing.

The featured drawing is a 30×22 inch graphite and walnut ink drawing on Arches paper.  It is being displayed in the Norma R. Ory Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through February.

Visit the official Marks website for more information!

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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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