The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Hello, Singapore!

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I arrived in Singapore at the beginning of the week and have been settling into my apartment and studio space with the INSTINC program. I’ve begun my project, which will ultimately take the form of a new media installation. I will be exploring Singapore’s multicultural facet – seeing how diverse cultures coexist in a single space.

Interestingly enough, today at lunch we were discussing cultural differences and how to navigate visiting other countries. Each country has its own set of social rules or norms and when a visitor breaks those rules, there can be humorous (or not-so-humorous) results.

Yesterday, I tried some Malaysian food at a hawker market near the studio. It was a noodle dish with lime, tofu, a boiled egg, beansprouts, and green chilies. It was delicious though not as spicey as I had expected.  The green chili had a sugary taste initially and then it would gradually become a little spicey.

I also purchased some watercress at a supermarket in Clementi Mall but found that the unusually pungent smell was impossible to overcome. Verdict: this type of watercress was inedible. Today I purchased some fresh lemongrass to make with tofu later this week. Later, I’ll have to experiment with the red chilies.


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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