Join Standard Goods next Thursday December 14th for a solo art show by Celestine Ocean. She is a multifaceted artist interested in the colorful worlds that exists inside each individual. Her childlike wonder and approach to art making is refreshing. We had the pleasure to chat with her about life and art. Get to know Celestine before the show!, in this interview. Stop by the shop Thursday evening and hear music from her band Pablo's Legs too!
First off! Take us back to when you first started creating art?
Oh wow, I remember I was about 4 or 5, the first thing I ever colored in was this small cat drawing in a coloring book I had. That was also the same time I learned how to write my name (which is not an easy name to spell for a 5 year old.) I started being attracted to art at a really young age. I loved it. I mainly started with coloring books and then in elementary school I became super interested in making my own artwork. I was also a big fan of writing fictional stories and reading. I read a lot. Once I learned how to read I never stopped.
My childhood was a lot of moving around, at risk of being homeless. It was hard for me to attend school regularly and I wasn't very good at math so I always felt inferior in school settings where highly academic classes were rewarded more than artistic ones. Making artwork freed my mind of what was going on at home and made me feel confident in a school setting which really helped me work hard to finish school and continue my education after high school.
Describe your drawing style in a few words?
Whimsical, quirky, abstract.
Do you have anything you are looking forward to in 2018? What were yo passionate about this past year?
I currently attend Cornish College of the arts but I am doing a study abroad program through Cornish to attend an art school in Florence, Italy. I'm leaving January 2018 and it is honestly a dream come true. I have always wanted to study and live in Italy. I could not be more happy about it! This past year I was really passionate about keeping up with my filmmaking and I will continue that next year and beyond.
Where did you grow up?
First part of my childhood I grew up on Maui, then I moved to Orcas Island and lived there until I graduated high school and then I moved to Seattle!
If you were an ice cream flavor what would you be?
Ooo. Mint chocolate chip.
What inspires you the most?
People on the street (da ba de da day). My life experiences, past, current and future. My partner Gianni. All my friends and family. Struggling. It's all beautiful and it's all part of the inspiration.
Do you have a mantra you live by?
"I'm just an egg floating in the ocean."
If your life was a movie what would the title be and who would you like to play you?
Oh man. Why is that a hard question! I feel like it would be a documentary and I would film my real life. OR it would be an animated cartoon. As for the title, maybe "The Celestine Prophecy"...
Can you tell us a little about what you will be sharing during your Solo Show at Standard Goods Art walk?
I will be sharing a mix of drawings, paintings, and film work I have done over the past year. Also I will be selling handmade earrings and possibly posters and postcards.
Anything else you'd like to share? :)
I'm excited! Come to the show on December 14th! My band Pablo's Legs is playing. It will be a fun and probably weird time you won't want to miss.
Join Standard Goods next Thursday October 12th for the P O R T A L S exhibit by Seattle photographer Alba Juliao. Also a live music performance from Soultanz. Get to know more about Alba in our interview with her below!
Get more information about this months artwork on our event page.
Describe your style as an artist to us?
The methods come from cinema and light. I started making pictures due to the movies, because it's the almost the same-but it's frozen and broken up, and then broken up again or taken apart. I've been working with film photography for about 12 years and every day I learn more about light, manipulation of film, and alternative processing.
Do you come from a creative family?
I come from a family of musicians, so yes. My mother and father were always playing music for us. My father, owned his own radio station in Panama, where I grew up, and my mother spent a lot of time teaching me the different dances of the world.
Who do you look up to most to as an artist? Any muses?
I look up to several artists. To name a few: László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Luis Buñuel, and Lou Reed.
Where do you look to for resources and inspiration?
Inspiration comes from anything. From outer space to whatever is standing in front of me. The movie Blow up by Michelangelo Antonioni has been a constant inspiration in my life. At times, I'm not sure why, but it's either the imagery or the story that always gets me going.
What do you love most about shooting film?
I love the process the most. It's hard not to be involved once you know how it works. From the moment I reel the film into the camera, to double-exposing, pushing/pulling the ISO, playing with light to then developing and printing in the darkroom. It is the most fulfilling moment when you have total control of the medium. Getting to experiment with it hands on keeps me absorbed; tuned in.
Favorite subject matter?
The visual world, language, and its impact.
Describe your favorite photograph you have ever taken?
I can't answer this one. There are some I love and some I don't. Doesn't anyone?
Favorite city to visit?
Boquete, Panama. Where I was born.
If you could travel back in time to any time period, where would you go?
Difficult one, but right now, it's between traveling back to Germany 1922, to be part of the Bauhaus school of art focusing on movement and constructivism, and seeing Bob Dylan go electric at The Royal Albert Hall in 1966.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Excited to work with the Standard Good family! And I look forward to expanding my work out here in Seattle, for now.
For the month of March, we decided to include Standard Goods for the Second Thursday Capitol Hill Artwalk that takes place every month. Seattle Artist Isabela Garcia reached out to us after the successful grand opening party; she wanted to inquire about showing a few of her film prints and polaroids for artwalk. This became Isabela's third art show in a row here in Seattle, in time before she travels to Europe for a few weeks. We are very pleased with the turn out and look forward to showing other local artists in the area.
For artists with interest in showing their work at Standard Goods for future Second Thursday Capitol Hill Artwalk, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org