Celeste Contreras is my artist name. My full legal name is Jessicanne Celeste Skierski.
Mexican-Mexica,Polish-Blackfeet Cherokee. Artist. Activist. Born in Dallas raised in Milwaukee. Founder of Milwaukee’s Dia de los Muertos Parade. Currently working towards a B.A. in Art Education at Alverno College.
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.
1st Place Observations Juried Student Mixed Media Exhibition, Alverno College February 27-March 21, 2015
Alverno College, MATC, Walker Square Park, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Dia de los Muertos Parade Project Milwaukee