Celena is a life-long New York resident, born and raised in the Bronx. Raised in a traditional Hispanic household, Celena is a bit of an undercover artist. Inspired by new motherhood and her international travels to places where art is more commonplace, Celena has just begun to take steps to further her art practice.Outside of her art, Celena practices as an attorney to support small business owners in New York City. She also advises on the Intellectual Property Committee of the College Arts Association.
I am a collage maker and writer. I use collage to create visual narratives of life experiences that are easier felt than explained, such as conditioning and motherhood. Collage allows me the freedom to combine my own source materials (e.g. paintings) with that of other sources, further exemplifying the interconnectedness of all things. In this way, the collages act as a sort of physical déjà vu. My work is inspired by stained glass and church imagery, for example the stages of the cross.
The collages are colorful mosaics imbued with spiritual elements, which together aim to transport the viewer through pain to individual resurrection. My process can be lengthy and is not exactly linear. I may first come up with an idea of a storyline and then find the images to go with it, or I may become inspired by one particular material or image and create a story around that. It can sometimes take a while for me to accumulate all the materials I want to work with. After the materials and story come together, I then begin cutting and pasting.
In addition to collage making, I am also a writer. My writings are essays and poems that aim to give space for the audience to explore and accept big feelings.