ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys exploring various media such as painting, encaustics and photography. While raising children and working full-time, my main medium of painting was done in short and infrequent spurts because of lack of long stretches of time as well as impatience on my part to be still and focus.


PAINTING

During the initial lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2020, I found myself returning to painting. Many of my pieces showed the lines of the underdrawing and accidental splatters. I intentionally left them imperfect to reflect that life was not perfect. We often want to cover up flaws, but I wanted to show that there is beauty in them.


ENCAUSTICS

The need to return to painting was really about a need to use my hands again to create things. In the winter of 2021, I learned how to make encaustic photography. This satisfied the need to get messy with creating my art as well as blending my photography and painting skills. Images are printed in black and white on fine art paper and glued onto wooden panels. They are layered with encaustic wax and paint. The wax is scraped and incised repeatedly  before finished with encaustic pigment sticks.


PHOTOGRAPHY

For ten years I used photography as my creative outlet because it had quick results. Once I learned the basics of digital photography and editing software, I used those skills to create make-believe worlds. It incorporated making props, costumes, and sometimes sets. Four months after having a solo show of my Fairytale-esque portraits, Covid-19 stopped me from continuing to create that type of photography and expanding my clientele. I took a break from photography, but returned to it in a different way at the end of 2021. I had a solo show using only my iPhone 13 Max to create a photo story of a young woman, showing her journey to overcome challenges in her life. As I move forward in my photography, I want to continue to explore how one can feel unseen by others and how we sometimes don’t see others as they really are.



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BIOGRAPHY

Ceili Seipke is the first member of her Hungarian immigrant family to be born in America. She was raised in Pennsylvania and is a first-generation college graduate with a BFA in Painting and a minor studies in Interior Design from Baylor University in Texas. Ceili moved to Vermont where she has taught acrylic painting, started a non-profit for creating murals in pre-schools and pediatrician offices, and was an assistant to an artist. She also studied digital photography with a local photographer and taught herself Lightroom and Photoshop.


Raising three children and working various jobs put Ceili Seipke’s art in the background for many years. In 2020, she began to make her art practice a priority and expanded her art presence online by becoming involved in global art communities, The Art Queens and Art Mums United. She was part of the 2021 online Springing Forward Exhibition for Create! Magazine and Translucent Souls with Art Mums United, as well as having a solo show with AMU at the end of that same year. Her work has been shown locally in group exhibitions, juried exhibitions, and a solo show of her photography in the fall of 2019. An article in her local newspaper highlighting the exhibition stated that even though she was exhausted by her full-time job, “... a solo exhibit of her images at the Davis Studio in South Burlington shows that Seipke still has plenty of juice.”


Ceili is involved in her local art community through The S.P.A.C.E Gallery and South Ends Arts and Business Association. She was interviewed by AMU in 2020 and participated in a nine week coaching session in 2021 with its founder, Mona Lerch. Those sessions, along with participating in a local Micro Business Development Program at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity from 2018-2021, provided tools for Ceili to move forward in her personal art as well as the process of developing an art-related business. She works from a home studio she shares with her son and sometimes her cat-like Shiba Inu.


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