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  • “MAKE MAS ARTE”MAKE MAS ARTE

    Found Object Alphabet February 2016

  • “tres hermanas”tres hermanas

    2"x1.5" framed drawing of mine mounted on Guatemalan textile. Wood, acrylic paint, paper, textile, glue. #makemasarte

  • “Thailand”Thailand

    Pen, ink, 140 lb. cold press paper. Study of my collection of Indigenous textiles from around the globe.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil. this is a 1 inch thick piece of paper I made in 1997, it took one year to completely dry.

  • still life. Pen & ink. 140lb. cold press paper.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • Doll/Book. Hand made book. Soldered glass.

  • Doll/Book. Hand made book. Soldered glass.

  • Doll/Book. Hand made book. Soldered glass.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • Pen, ink, 140 lb. cold press paper. Study of my collection of Indigenous textiles from around the globe.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • “Chiapas”Chiapas

    Pen, ink, 140 lb. cold press paper. Study of my collection of Indigenous textiles from around the globe.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • “Guatemala”Guatemala

    Pen, ink, 140 lb. cold press paper. Study of my collection of Indigenous textiles from around the globe.

  • Memory & Palimpsest apArtment series. I made handmade paper, handmade glues, news paper, pen, ink, acrylic paint, white ink, white pencil.

  • “casa”casa

    Ink wash, pen, ink, 140 lb. hotpress paper. 22x28 inch

  • “Self portrait”Self portrait

    14"x18". Pen & ink. process. Self portrait with only words from Gloria E. Anzaldua, as the tonal values: "I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, White. I will have my serpents tongue-my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence."

  • “Mujeres á mí Inspiracíon”Mujeres á mí Inspiracíon

    This was my installation Ofrenda for 2012 annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition at the Latino Arts, Inc. located inside the United Community Center I made everything. The doll. the tiny ofrenditas. a TODO

  • “Corn.”Corn.

    acrylic and canvas. 2012.

  • “Ofrenda para mí abuela Delfina Contreras”Ofrenda para mí abuela Delfina Contreras

    This is a small tiny Altar i made for my Grandmama Delfina Contreras 2012

  • “self portrait”self portrait

    ink, paper and water color

  • “Ofrenda for the Late Great Delmar Porter of Ace Boxing”Ofrenda for the Late Great Delmar Porter of Ace Boxing

    I made this Ofrenda or Altar for the Late Ojibwa Boxer who founded Ace Boxing Club in Kosciuszko Park. We had a small procession in honor of Del Porter, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and Polish Americans hosted by UrbAn. May 5, 2012 On the Ofrenda is Del Porter's boxing gloves, his boxing shoes, his favorite food, Chicken Dumpling, Chocolate covered cherries and a photo of himself.

  • “pirámide de maíz”pirámide de maíz

    unfinished. acrylic on canvas. august 10 2012

Celeste Contreras

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http://www.coroflot.com/celestecontreras
celestazuchitl@yahoo.com

artist bio

Celeste Contreras is my artist name.
My full legal name is Jessicanne Celeste Skierski.
My Spirit Name is Citlali Nikwe, means the Women Who Wears the Skirt of Stars.
Mexican-Mexica,Polish-Blackfeet Cherokee.
Artist. Activist. Student. Teacher.
Born in Dallas raised in Milwaukee.
Founder of Dia de los Muertos Parade Project. 2010-present.
Currently working towards a B.A. in Art Education at Alverno College.

On-line portfolios:
http://www.coroflot.com/celestecontreras
https://celestazuchitl.wordpress.com/

Projects:
http://diadelosmuertosmilwaukee.com

Mediums: Trained in fine arts; drawing, painting (oil, acrylics, water colors), sculpture & assemblage. Book binding, book arts, fibers, fashion design, doll making, puppets, printing, poster making, and parade making.

artist statement

My work of art reflects myself through self-portraits and shrines. My reflections come from past experiences that were life altering and sometimes difficult. A big theme is death, rebirth, and family. Some of my biggest influences have been living abroad in other countries, my family history, and folk art from different cultures. While I was living in Thailand I experienced a death of my ‘Host’ Sister from the family I was living with. Her eight-day funeral taught me a lot about death, culture, and tradition. After this experience I moved to México to find my roots. Running on mountains, touching the land of my ancestors and experiencing El Día de los Muertos, has formed and shaped the artist I am and hope to become. My work is a reflection of myself through three-dimensional shrines and self-portraits drawings and paintings. In my shrines I use found objects, hand made wood pieces, and mixed media. In my self-portraits I tend to use ink, paint, charcoal, paper, board, and canvas. Using a mixture of materials and mixed media truly reflects the way my hands and heart let me create art in this world.

#makemasarte translates to, MAKE MORE ART

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