Celestia Anstruther

Celestia Anstruther

Artist, Fine Art Junior Fellow Goldsmiths UniversityLondon, United Kingdom
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Celestia Anstruther

Celestia Anstruther

Artist, Fine Art Junior Fellow Goldsmiths UniversityLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Junior Fellow of Fine Art at Goldsmiths University. I work in sculpture, print and digital media, experienced in fabrication, restoration, cooking and teaching. Graduated with First Class Honours 2020 from Goldsmiths BA Fine Art Interested in themes of queer ecology, materiality, linguistics, subjectivity, waste, sculpture and furniture design.
Projects
  • Lions:  Art & Deisgn Influences Blog
    Lions: Art & Deisgn Influences BlogArt and design blog of ongoing influences, most recently Michael Rakowitz, Max Lamb and John Wallbank. Snippets of poetry and music too.
  • Trap Door
    Trap DoorDegree show piece for Goldsmiths Fine Art BA 2020 which received First Class Honours. This project uses sculpture and digital imaging as a way to reinhabit a place and state of mind, disorientating atmosphere with physical absence and remains. The sculptures were made using found waste materials like packaging and tree bark local to an agricultural barn site. The Blender animation uses photographs of these sculptures as a way to resee and contradict them, undoing their physicality. Using ph
  • London Queer Fashion Show 2019 at  V&A Museum of Childhood  ​
    London Queer Fashion Show 2019 at V&A Museum of Childhood ​Collaborative t-shirt designs with Sarah Elwen sold at event hosted by V&A Museum of Childhood. Designs were inspired by Keith Haring and aimed to promote queer pride, sex positivity and pronoun awareness. Collection sold out. Full designs on insta: @selwenceleste ​
  • Slade Foundation Show
    Slade Foundation ShowFinal moving image portrait piece incorporated sculpture, film and installation to create spacial and material disorientation in relation to identity. The sculptural elements were made through casting marbled plaster and concrete into hardboard moulds lined with paper. The first used a wooden cast's concave inside to make a 'positive' cylindrical structure, the second used the same wooden cast's outside to make a 'negative' convex cast of wooden shell itself. These sculptures were then combin
  • Tomb of Seti facsimile
    Tomb of Seti facsimileThis project involved 3D scanning and printing, silicone moulding, photogrammetry and colour matching painting.
  • Pequeña Palma Huracanada by Los Carpinteros with Factum Arte
    Pequeña Palma Huracanada by Los Carpinteros with Factum ArteThe work was created in sections by taking moulds of a real palm tree. The stem of a tree was covered in silicone and the mould of the stem was filled with plaster. Individual leaves were made of wax from a silicone mould of real leaves. The palm and the leaves were cast in bronze and assembled at the foundry. The piece was shown at Freize Art Fair, London 2019.
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Work history
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Junior Fellow of Fine ArtGoldsmiths, University of London
    London, United KingdomPart Time
    Administrative assistance to the Fine Art BA department including timetabling, key reading lists, prospective student interviews, facilitating visiting artist talks, and running the Fine Art BA and MA social media pages for alumni and current student and staff exhibitions/career updates. Also expected to continue my own fine art practice and research using the university facilities. I work mainly in sculpture, and am particularly interested in new materiality, furniture design, postmodern architecture, ecology and queer theory.
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    DJRoyal Vauxhall Tavern
     - London, United KingdomFreelance
    Freelance DJ for queer performance nights 'Bar Wotever' at Royal Vauxhaul Tavern and 'Cramps' at The Chateau, Camberwell.
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Skills
  • Photoshop
  • 35mm Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Graphics
  • Writing
  • Art Journalism
  • Djing
  • Cooking
  • Art Fabrication
Education
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    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    First Class BA (Hons) Fine ArtGoldsmiths, University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
    Dissertation title: 'How can sculpture embody notions of new materialist ontology?' A close reading of Gelitin's giant, hay-stuffed, pink woolen 'Hase/Rabbit' and Micheal Dean's 2016 Turner Prize Nomination through Stacy Alaimo's queer ecology theory in 'Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times' 2016. Interested in themes of queer ecology, materiality, linguistics, subjectivity, vulnerability, waste, sculpture and furniture design
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    Fine Art FoundationSlade School of Fine Art
     - London, United Kingdom
    Work used for foundation exhibition poster Final piece incorporated sculpture, film and installation concerning: -Seeing and image reading in relation to space and dimension -Inversion/negation/resistance manifest foremost through material (casting, translucency, digital glitching) The sculptural elements were made through casting marbled plaster and concrete lined with paper. The first used a wooden cast to make a 'positive' cylindrical structure, the second used the same wooden cast but to make a 'negative' cast of wooden shell itself. These sculptures were then combined with projected film that played with optical distortion and illusion.
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Awards
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    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    First Class HonoursGoldsmiths, University of London
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    English Subject AwardNew College of the Humanities
    English subject award for outstanding academic achievement in English Literature BA.