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Magdalen Celestino
December 2, 2005 – January 6, 2006
Opening Reception Friday December 2, 2005  6-9pm
cactus bra SPACE
106 C Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204

My work is a means to tell a story of the universe on my own terms, according to my own experience.  This process involves filtering the stuff of existence bit by bit, through a personal lexicon of strange and familiar things.

The story unfolds through an array of connotative materials, mundane yet fetishistic items loaded with cultural baggage:  rubber latex, carbon black, Ikea furniture, blood, Maruchan Ramen, liquor bottles, hemp, crystals, wine, artificial fur, etc. 


Painstakingly low-tech and sensuous, these installations are lab-like fragments involving wonky theories, mutant progeny (the “pupa”, an animal-headed rubber figure, for instance), awkward apparatuses and assorted stashes of life residue.

Our tireless bid to transcend nature informs
“Plasmatika”.  This work suggests a homemade cell whose nucleus, a singular, life-sized “pupa”, is accompanied by a selection of organelles.  Metamorphic mythology, scientific day dreaming, gothic detours, survival and making-do become key strategies.



Plasmatika Creatures

Elements of Plasmatika
Observers of Plasmatika

Observers of Plasmatika

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