DAC May 2018 Artist Spotlight - Alexanna Wonder and Celine Downen

Alexanna is an artist and activist who builds community outreach and explores themes of memory and occult imagery.  She describes her work as confabulation (verb): in psychology, a memory disturbance defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive. The process of art making is largely about presenting and creating pieces that reflect aspects of life, regardless of the object’s truth of existence. Art, in it's way, confabulates reality. My work uses process and imagery to imitate memory's attempts to simplify complex and multilayered experiences. Memory is equal parts foggy, imperfect, fractured, and reassembled with understanding only gained through repetition of cycles and exploration of intersections.

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Dim the Lights © Alexanna Wonder

Céline Downen pieces together community voices with elements of her natural surroundings to create a sense of place. Her artistic process can be summed up in three words: gather, piece, and stitch. Gather represents the collecting of materials, piece is the various processes used, and stitch is the end result, how everything comes to fruition. Trained as a photographer, Céline also explores mediums such as printmaking, book arts, and sculpture. She recently completed UMOCA's first Educator-in-Residence program. Céline grew up in Salt Lake City and moved to Evanston, IL when she was eleven. She graduated with a B.A. in Photography from Columbia College in 1996, returning to Utah in 2006. In 2016, she completed an MFA in Community-Based Art Education at the University of Utah. She is also the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Downtown Artist Collective.

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Paris Opera © Céline Downen