About

I am Celeste Contreras .

My full legal name is Jessicanne Celeste Skierski. I prefer to honor my Mother by using her last name, Contreras in all of my art work. She is my Mom and my Dad. She raised me.  I am Mexican-Mexica,Polish-Blackfeet Cherokee. Artist. Activist. Parade maker. Born in Dallas, Texas raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founder of Milwaukee’s Dia de los Muertos Parade. Currently working towards a B.A. in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History at Alverno College.

My work of art reflects my heritage through self-portraits, shrines, drawings and illustrations. My work is a blend of cultural and spiritual reflections. My reflections come from past experiences that were life altering and sometimes difficult. A reoccurring theme is death, rebirth, Mexica(Me-shi-ka) spiritual teachings, portraits, altars, dolls and family. Some of my biggest influences have been living abroad in other countries, my family history, and folk art from different cultures.  

I have studied abroad in Italy and Thailand and have lived abroad in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.  My family history is dominated by strong women.  My Mexican roots and Mexica spiritual practices have an emphasis on the divine sacred female and the moon.  My work is a reflection of my ancestors, in female forms of strong women coming together, portraits and stories of the moon.

My Mexica (Aztec), spirituality is very important in my life and has become a main theme in my art this final year at Alverno College.  I can see myself creating books with my illustrations, educating youth about the importance of respecting tradition, elders and ceremonial teachings.

 

Doherty Scholar, Alverno College, 2015

Full time Art Education Student at Alverno College 2014-2018

 

celestazuchitl@gmail.com

Projects:

Founder of Milwaukee’s Día de los Muertos Parade Project 2010-2018

http://www.diadelosmuertosmilwaukee.com/
Teddy Bear Shrines of Milwaukee:

https://www.facebook.com/teddybearshrines

On-Line Portfolio:

http://www.coroflot.com/celestecontreras

Member of Milwaukee Artist Resource Network
https://www.artsinmilwaukee.org/profiles/960/

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