Celine Choo Woon Chee
I grew up in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago and had a pretty sheltered life (for the most part). I attended Bishop Anstey High School (PoS) which informed parts of who I consider myself to be now.
But I really gained my independence when I moved to the States for University. My four years at the University of Delaware, where I received a Bsc. Biochemistry and a minor in Woman Studies, shaped who I am today. It was the first time being away from my overprotective parents and it was the first time being in a predominately white space (America) for an extended period.
During University, I was fortunate enough to visit Trinidad every ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ vacation and about the summer of before my sophomore year I began to feel distant to a place that I called home. The dissonance grew but in the same vein Trinidad still felt the closest I’d ever come to feeling home.
Concurrently, I’ve never seen faces that looked like mine around me and to this day I’ve yet to experience that. I’ve always felt slightly displaced and I think I use art to try take these intangible feelings, emotions and thoughts to create something physical that I hope connects with other people.
Art is one of the ways I try to connect with other people and the world in a way that language can’t. It also helps me to explore myself and that dissonance in a way that is therapeutic for me. Through my art I think that a feeling of belonging has grown within me, whether that is harmony within a place or within myself or both.
What I do:
Painting, Drawing, Design, Photography, Fashion, Creative Direction
What I Want my Art to do:
While my art is, half me sorting through my emotions and aiming to communicate as best I can in hopes that someone will connect with it, I also want it to keep pushing art and artists forward.
Progress in terms of:
- Innovating abstract and absurd art that doesn’t inherently have to mean anything but challenges boundaries.
- Questioning/analyzing societal norms in hopes of trying to better society.
- Connecting to myself more in hopes of other people striving towards their self-actualization.
Collaborations: @acutean9le between my friend, Bakhita and I where we create art inspired by our social and physical spaces. (Medium: Photography)
Bio written by Celine Choo Woon Chee