Clare Celeste: Lush compositions of flora and fauna

I’ve always found art installations very interesing. Art that transcends the limitation of an unique canvas. That is the reason why Clare Celeste’s masterpieces catched my eye  from the start, and I wanted to know more about the artist and her inspiration.

Hi! How would you define yourself as an artist? 

I am a collage and installation artist. 

2. How did you develop to the point of creating the art you do now?

I have been doing some version of collage and assemblage ever since I was a young girl. There are pictures of me at the age of five in Brazil where I have collected and rearranged the objects in my parent’s home into “art projects.” They had been traveling the world for nearly ten years at that point, so there were some amazing objects to pull from.   I began collage around the age of 12 when my father gave me a leatherbound journal in Florence. I loved it and added to it religiously for the next six years. I still have it in my studio. 

I started off making two-dimensional works on paper. And then I had that moment I described on a walk with my father-in-law and husband in the German countryside. I spotted a flowering bush that sounded like it had hundreds of birds inside of it. I couldn’t resist and ran to put my head inside the bush and after a few moments of staying still, I was enveloped into a beautiful and secret “world”. The sound of birds singing, the light coming through the leaves and flowers, it was completely separate from the bright, expansive day outside. When I left and rejoined my husband I told him:


“I am going to make collages that you can walk into. I want to create that feeling (I pointed to the bush) in my artwork.”

It took over two years to figure out how to do that, but I did and that was the installation “Intimate Immensity”.

3. What inspires you to create on everyday life?

I am endlessly inspired by nature and often go on walks around the lakes in Berlin to gather ideas and inspiration.


4. Where would you like to go in the future as an artist? How would you like to develop your art?

I would like to experiment with new materials and create installations that are not only made from paper. 🙂 I am currently experimenting with BioPlastics.

Thank you Clare for this interview!!

The truth, it is always interesting to know the point of view behind each person’s creative process and their history.  

All images belong to Clare Celeste and have been authorized by her to share on this blog. Any problem contact me (find the information on the blog contact form).


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