Keep Celeste Regal's Art Alive

$2,660 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 17 months

Support the art making of a 62-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 in the third world casting metal. Life can be as vibrant at 60 as at 20. I'm a New Jersey artist practicing in India & America. After losing my home in U.S., the dream routine is this--8 months in India, a challenging but extremely affordable location, and 4 months in America during the summer.  Everything I do is dedicated to making art about life's difficulties & triumphs, an emotional connection we all share. Here's a video I made with art students during an artist in residency program in Ahmedabad. https://youtu.be/pHiZ01nd-AA

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? Because it is cost-effective: 65 rupees to the dollar. It is also a place with a long history from prehistoric to the present. This exotic land stimulates ideas, emotions and a panorama of civilization. Living here with little guidance is an immense undertaking. In the end, though, there are few places as fantastic.  I live by my wits, my art & the generous support of patrons and social security. Donations buy materials, workspace, food, and generally allow the continuation as a working artist. I thank all who have contributed, continuing donors & new. Update: Getting back home to America is a big challenge this year. I'm leaving end of April. If you can donate to get from here to there, it would help get through the next month. I have to pack everything & take it to storage; buy materials to finish artwork & pack that up too & ship. The cost is overwhelming. Any funding you can afford me is most appreciated. To get the word out, you can share my link to your Facebook Timeline!
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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. 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.

The complexity of working with various materials and processes at small scale (pieces are often between 4 inches and 20 inches in my body of work) requires much consecration and ingenuity. Failures lead to better solutions in a practice that employs much experimentation. Fans responded very well to the emotional quality of the paintings I began in January to compensate for not being able to create a metal studio due to the lack of others doing such work.

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 and intent. Three bronze projects are stored in India and await my return. They will be reunited to 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. Patinas allow for endless trials and experimentations.

I often observes life from marginalized pasts. These projects use possible novels to establish meaning of the work 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.

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.

This link allows 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 liste here: http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Wax_1080.pdf)

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 64 people in 17 months
Created December 31, 2016
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1 month ago
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Jean J
2 months ago (Offline Donation)

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

$25
Hillary Johnson
4 months ago

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

DP
$30
Daniel Purdy
4 months ago

Good Luck, Celeste!

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