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Daily Inspiration: Meet Celeste Melgar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Celeste Melgar.

Hi Celeste, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a multi-media artist born in Panama City, Panama currently based in Savannah, GA. In terms of education, I studied at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) completing a Painting major with a Business and Art History minor.

These are all things that have interested me throughout my life, whereas the arts is a career that deals with all the areas of study from the law, business, psychology, sociology, sciences, and more. As an artist, the work we create is informed by the world and the arts make the world feel, reflect, find an escape, and a conversation starter.

In terms of my work, the medium I started with was painting but as I produced more work and dove deeper into the research that goes behind the artworks I found myself searching for a conversation between the mediums to emerge as well. My most recent body of work is influenced by research on small family-owned coffee farms being affected by climate change.

This is a subject that captivated me, especially because when I was younger my family had a coffee farm in Panama and coffee is part of my daily life but also the creator of memories and connections. Through this body of work, I question the importance of things we consume such as coffee, and how there is a story and life behind it.

Putting a face behind the cup of coffee, bringing relevance to such a common drink that is engrained into our stories.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
This has definitely not been a smooth path but more of a learning curve, where one of the biggest learning opportunities was during 2020 when covid hit.

Learning to build a studio space within my home space, where the practice of painting became something that now I was living with. In addition to learning how to get oneself out into the world as an artist, have an artist’s voice and presence.

Thankfully that year being in Panama, I am really grateful that the first time I got to share my work in a solo show was in my home country. Once I came back to Savannah, I wanted my work to inform who I am but also be much more aware of the world, society, and things we live with.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My work is mainly a mix of acrylic paintings layered with coarse textured beading and linoleum cut prints. Other works include relief printmaking pieces and installation pieces.

All of these mediums and processes build-up to what the conversation my work wants to instigate. Where printmaking and texture bring up the concept of mass production but then through the process of carving and not having perfect marks it speaks to the human touch.

A machine process is executed by a human, therefore showing how much it means to humans to have human warmth, care, and appreciation. Through my work, I truly believe that when you put your heart into something that passion and love come across.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Savannah has been an inspiration and ground for art to be created.

Falling in love with the way all the nature, community, and buildings are hit with light in the mornings. Especially when the sun comes up and as the day goes by the people give the spaces another life.

It is an extremely supportive community that has become a great hub for the arts. After four years here there is most definitely a charm to Savannah that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Image Credits
Steven Z. and Hannah Siner

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