Celica Ledesma with her work Shot by Victoria Ramos
Celica Ledesma Featured in Bon Magazine Shot by June Canedo
Celica (Ledesma) Douglas is an Austin, TX Based Visual Artist born and raised in
Houston, TX and graduated with a BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University. Her art ranges from Oil Painting to Digital Works. When trying to master realistic figurative painting she places her subject matters in a creative space meeting between reality and introspection. Her desire for a world where her thoughts and emotions would be understood keeps her determined to create. In High School, Celica Ledesma had two pieces make it to V.A.S.E. Regionals (2014) and she took First Place at the Texas Rodeo Art show (2014). In 2015-17 Celica did not only participate in art shows like "Pancakes and Booze" but had also voluntarily painted a 6ft x 12ft Multi-cultural Mural located at Texas State University, had three paintings win "Best in Show" in the Faces of America Exhibition in San Marcos TX, participated in "Estos Son Nuestros Papeles" Exhibition at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos Museum. She also had her most recent shows was a Duo show and Thesis show at TXST Galleries in 2020. Ledesma had also been published in The University Star, BON Magazine, Houston Voyage, and GUD Magazine.
In my paintings, I attempt to find meaning through introspection as someone who grew up in the middle of two culturally different worlds. Due to my African American and Mexican American blended family, the process of examining my own personal identity is complicated by the cultural and historical baggage of my ancestors. This examination becomes more difficult when trying to find a space for a visibly black, intersectional woman. Constantly finding myself in the in-between, I always question my relationship with reality. Reflection, comfort, and the multitudes of identity are found in interdimensional escapism and the alternate reality that unknowingly surrounds us.
Influenced by Frida Kahlo’s vulnerability and her depiction of reality. In addition, I am also inspired by the contribution of Alex Gray’s visionary execution of existentialism and transcendental art.
Before even beginning the painting process, I start with a stream of consciousness writing and then after reviewing what I wrote, I piece together fragments of a narrative for the paintings. I use this to make sense of the subject and the role they played in my life while hinting at their impaction through symbolic elements.
After photographing my subjects, I begin with an underpainting using thin washes of transparent red pigments that breathes warmth through the layers of paint, I continue to build upon this initial underpainting, using color symbolically or as a way to suggest a connection to the subject. I look for combinations of color and surface that hum and vibrate in my eyes till I am unable to look at the abstracted background then render my figures to their likeness. Within this created space found throughout all my work I can make sense of life and the interconnection I find in everything and everyone.
2020 Thesis Statement:
The Scale of Cups, the scale representing myself as Libra the relationship sign of the Zodiac and Cups representing relationships and emotions in tarot; is a series about specific persons who have impacted me as a person and the paintings depict experiences I had with the subject and how I view them. Each title has a meaning in regard to Tarot and Astrology which stems from my beliefs on how I make sense of life ever since I was younger and learned astrology from my maternal grandmother who also shared these spiritual beliefs. The titles also hint to the story of the painting while interjecting either the subject zodiac sign or a specific tarot card representing the narration.