ABOUT 

Ceili Seipke was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Hungarian immigrant parents. She received a BFA in Painting with a minor in Interior Design from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After her husband finished his graduate studies, they moved to Vermont where they began a family.

While raising three children, Ceili worked a variety of jobs, including teaching painting, starting a non-profit for creating murals, and as an artist assistant. During her eleven years working with students as a Behavioral Interventionist, she was mentored by a local photographer in digital photography and taught herself Lightroom and Photoshop.

Ceili is involved in her local art community as well as online art communities, The Art Queens and Art Mums United. Her work has been shown locally in both juried and group exhibitions, a solo show of her photography, and as part of a global online exhibition for Create! Magazine. Ceili has been interviewed for Art Mums United and participated in a nine week coaching session with its founder, Mona Lerch.


STATEMENT

As a multidisciplinary artist, I enjoy painting, photography, and encaustics. I have created fairytale-esque portraits using family and friends modeling the costumes and props I made. We would shoot on location or in my garage and I would refine the scenes in Photoshop. Recently I have returned to painting as well as learning new ways to express myself. I have been wanting to combine my photography with another medium and found that encaustics has met that need. I like the tactile and hands on approach it gives me with my photos.

I don’t have a particular subject matter that I am currently exploring but find myself gravitating to people, particularly females in flowing dresses and movement. In my paintings I find myself drawn towards beauty in imperfection. I like showing the lines of the underdrawing, not covering up splatters or accidental marks, and leaving some areas almost finished but not quite. Covid-19 has created challenges in making art this year along with reminding me that life isn’t perfect and is often out of my control. But there is still beauty in it. We often want to cover up flaws, yet they can be beautiful. I’ve learned that being transparent with life’s shortcomings and my own imperfections is what makes for real connections with others and I want my art to reflect that.


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