Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Good morning, Singapore!

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It is almost evening here so perhaps the title of my post is a little nonsensical. I named it thusly because it mostly concerns itself with what I did and saw this morning. It was very cloudy today (and a lot cooler than usual) and in the beginning of the day there were some intriguing cloud formations outside my window.


I went to the printer’s day to get some of my finished work printed out. I don’t want to wait until the last minute to get everyone printed, framed, etc, otherwise it will simply be a nightmare. I have also measured out the hanging space for my suspended paintings and gotten a better idea of how many new media pieces I must complete. Expect photos this week of at least one of the painted works.

Over the weekend, I went to Tiong Bahru and the Botanic Gardens. Everyone should check out 40 Hands Coffee – the coffee truly is amazing and the food is delicious. For the Botanic Gardens, the new MRT entrance for it is a little awkwardly placed. I feel like the best entrance is from the Tanglin/Orchard area. I had dinner in Crystal Jade in Paragon – all the dishes were scrumptious.

Great food and amazing people!

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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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