Celan Bouillet is a mixed media painter based in Houston, Texas. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and her BFA in Painting and BA in English from the University of Georgia in 2008. She has exhibited at venues across the US including Anya Tish Gallery, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Gallery 500x, Lawndale Art Center, Louisiana State Museum of Art and Trestle Gallery. She has received numerous awards and distinctions including 2013 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, 2014 Best in Show Lawndale Art Center, 2014 Best in Show at Gallery 500x, 2014 Artist in Residence at HCC SouthEast, and a 2015 Houston Arts Alliance Emerging Artist Grant.
My work investigates ideas of home and our attempt to find our place in transient and surreal natural environments. These mixed media pieces are highly detailed and manipulate scale along with pattern to create complex narratives. Referencing folk tales, mythologies, and travel literature, my work blurs personal memories with fictitious histories of uncharted locations. Our inexhaustible and futile search for a better place – a personal utopia – leads us to fetishize location, both known and unknown. As our ideal is unattainable, we obsess over controlling the areas that we temporarily inhabit.