Celeste Regal : Make Art in India

$2,760 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 19 months
Life can be as vibrant at 60 as at 20. Support the art making of a 63-year-old in the wild world--an epic adventure full of thrills, chills & spills! While most people live in the comfort of home & stability, I'm a New Jersey artist practicing in India & America. I started this endeavor in 2009. Stopped years of 7-day weeks working at jobs that danced around art.

After receiving an honors Studio Arts masters degree I participated in Rutgers New Brunswick 20th Book Arts with other fine artists. I reveived a Puffin Foundation Grant in 2015. After a few group shows, I headed to an Artist in Residence at Sheth CN College for 6 months, staying an extra 2 months through the generosity of Ratilal Kansodaria from CN at his home foundry, & the American Corner Library in Ahmedabad. Special thanks to Tejal Vasavada who has helped me keep cool & connected. Also, to Prayas Abhinav whose inspiration allowed the possibility of this journey in the first place, as well as making my time at CN College a reality by translating my intentions to Sir (Ratilal, master sculptor);  and the Working Company in Ahmedabad that he connected me to Indian startup society. 

Many others helped along the way. Here's a video I made with art students during an artist in residency program in Ahmedabad at Sheth CN College of Fine Art. https://youtu.be/pHiZ01nd-AA

Why book art? The book form suffices as structural inspiration, while metal, paper, paint, fabric & other materials transform into aesthetics & narrative. I write the text for all my work as well as make everything included in it. My  work can be seen here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/celeste_regal/albums 

Why India? It is a place with a long history of culture and civilization. This exotic land stimulates ideas, emotions, challenges the newcomer. I thank all who have contributed learning the ropes of a new company. My greatest affection for continuing donors & new who make some of my work possible.
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As many of you know, I live 8 months in India and 4 months in America for the past two years. The reason is twofold: India began as the cradle of civilization, plus the exchange rate allows me to practice art full time.

My current request for donations is for a four-week summer class at the Art Students League in Manhattan beginning June 5. The artist is an instructor I admire – Oscar Garcia from Peru. Called Sculpting in Wax: Origins of Bronze, the class covers much to achieve increased skill. This class will inform sophisticated combinations of image, the codex, and text. I'll need funding asap.

This link shows the class page for your perusal: http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/class/sculpting-in-wax-2/
I am attempting to raise $600 for the class, supplies, and transportation from Elizabeth to 57th Street and back again.
(See supply list here: http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Wax_1080.pdf)

I live on early retirement surviving by my wits. I forged my way through Ahmedabad at Sheth CN College as an artist in residence in 2016/17. The next season 2017/2018 in Baroda, I began to paint in gouache as well as complete brass sculptures through the lost wax process.

On May 1, I returned to Manhattan. Yesterday I finished three pieces that will go to the Gallery Aferro Auction in Newark, New Jersey. I’m living at a Monastery in Elizabeth, which is a half hour walk to a metal studio I rent for metalsmithing, which requires much equipment. I can work uninterrupted generally. I’m close to public transportation that takes me to the incomparable museums of Manhattan. It is a wonderful and convenient situation. I don’t have a home per se but rely on various serendipitous opportunities.

Pocket Maiden and Flesh of my Flesh – two of the recent pieces – was met with enthusiasm. See images below. In Ahmedabad, I supplemented my knowledge of the lost wax process. Working with wax allows intricate detail and suits my methods. Three bronze projects are stored in India and await my return. They will be reunited with a few pieces I left in NYC last August. I am drawn to bronze because of its historical significance as well as the attractive qualities of strength and ductility. I prefer the way it takes patina.

I often observe life from marginalized pasts. These projects use the hint of possible novels to establish meaning by the viewer. I use the codex form with nontraditional substrates infused with image and text. The intimate size of the book draws the viewer into a charged personal space of beauty laced with tragedy and/or conundrums.

For the current campaign, no amount is too small but large sums are always thrilling. This is a limited group of people I am appealing to because of their dedication to the arts. I hope you can assist in this quest. Without patrons and true believers, so much of this wouldn’t be possible. For that, I am forever grateful. Most of you spend a great deal of time with the arts, promoting both traditional and contemporary art. Thank you for reading and for taking the time. I thank you in advance.

Namaste, my patrons, and new patrons.
Flesh of my Flesh. 2017-18.
Pocket Maiden. 2018.
Axis. 2017-18.
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I'm nearing departure to America time after a rough but fruitful season in India. I struggled more than usual. It is like bronco busting a huge bull. You must stay on as long as possible. I turned to nonobjective painting when I could no longer think due to a very intense noisy scenario at Ved Residency in Vemali. Regardless, I have 3 paper books, one metal & a bronze sculpture to bring back to New Jersey for a gallery auction.

I'll be at a self-directed writing residency in close to a metal studio I can use. I look forward to a much needed silent time. Then 5 weeks work at the beach. Bliss.

Next season I will move to Kerala or Goa in the south of India. From there all is possible.

Thanks as always for any contributions, my friends.

Items inspiring new work
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Summer lodging stabilized. Funding always necessary. Please help if you can or share. Thanks to those patrons who continue to share & send good tidings.

I'll be bringing my work to Gallery Aferro auction in Newark, my hometown. Since people support me, I, in turn support them. And make money for my art. They've been good to me at Aferro by giving me a grant to come to the Creative Capital professional development. It jump-started me figuring out how I could do this. The impossible & improbable became true.

I still have to buy acetylene gas & torches to finish welding and metal smithing. If you can help with a donation or a share I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks to those who helped me get out of country for visa. After a lifetime of obstacles, and many friends who passed, my world is on track to create.

Photo from Bangkok trip to renew visa.
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As many of you know, I'm in Bangkok to renew my India visa so I can stay another two months to finish my work. I'll be bringing it to Gallery Aferro auction in Newark, my hometown. Since people support me, I, in turn support them. And make money for my art. They've been good to me at Aferro by giving me a grant to come to the Creative Capital professional development. It jump-started me figuring out how I could do this. The impossible & improbable became true.

I still have to buy acetylene gas & torches to finish welding and metal smithing. If you can help with a donation or a share I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks to those who helped me get out of country for visa. After a lifetime of obstacles, and many friends who passed, my world is on track to create.
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Raised by 65 people in 19 months
Created December 31, 2016
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Jean J
5 months ago (Offline Donation)

Many thanks to a continuing supporter & loyal friend. See you soon.

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Hillary Johnson
7 months ago

I hope you get all you need Celeste. I admire your work and drive to live your dre very much.

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