Changarrito Residency: Celeste De Luna

Apr. 1

Apr. 1 @ 8:00 am Apr. 30 @ 5:00 pm

Culebra Azul, 24 x 36, Color Reduction woodcut, 2023
Healing Borderland Hand, linocut, 15 x 20” 2023

About the Artist

Celeste De Luna is an artist/printmaker originally from the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Celeste is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcut prints and fabric installation. A long time educator of over 15 years in public schools and higher education, she is an enthusiastic home cook. Celeste’s grapefruit pie recipe was published in the book “Don’t Count the Tortillas” by Adan Medrano and she appears in his 2021 film Truly Texas Mexican advocating for traditional food, street vendors, and Tejano culture. Currently, she lives in San Antonio, works out of her home studio, Metztli Press, and teaches at Northwest Vista College. “A true daughter of the borderlands, her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border,” writes indigenous studies professor Ines Hernandez-Avila. Celeste has been awarded residencies, fellowships, & grants from Vermont Studio Center, ArtplaceAmerica, a Blade of Grass, Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency and in 2022, showed her work in Vancouver, Canada.

Artist Statement

My artistic practice delves into individual and collective experiences, interweaving the realms of physical, spiritual, and psychic environments. Within this exploration, I explore power dynamics, examining the interplay between people, animals, domestic spaces, and the expansive Texan landscape – a space that resonates with diverse identities and narratives, also known as Tejas. Drawing inspiration from nature, cultural encounters, and science fiction, my artistic vision embraces futurism, offering a unique lens through which to view these complex relationships and environments. Grounded in my own lived experiences, including those related to ADD, mental health, and caregiving, I channel my embodied experiences into my work.

The backdrop of Texas, with its distinct infrastructure, has profoundly shaped my navigation through various environments, both physically and emotionally. Through my work, I aim to preserve and illustrate the traces of this impact, shedding light on themes such as the intrinsic human desire for escape and movement, feminist and border issues, as well as my concerns about the environment and concern for our collective future.

Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale.

Celeste De Luna will be at the Mexic-Arte Museum featuring his artwork on the Changarrito cart right outside the Museum’s entrance in April. Dates TBA! 

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Changarrito Instagram Live Interview – 4/25 @5pm

You’re invited to Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito Instagram Live event with artist Celeste De Luna, taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event.