Valeria Santos Oliveira
"I feel that I met Celaine before I actually met her.
First, I found two images of foliage that I fell in love with. The blue-green and purple of that painting impressed me and, even without references to authorship and font, I kept those prints in a folder of varied beautiful things (poetry, texts, drawings). There, looking at this and that, I took a breath, I breathe.
The second time I met Celaine was in an illustration. I kept the magazine. Then I kept those two pages and the name of the illustrator written in very small print. Having those pages in my folder was good enough, but I wanted more. So, I embroidered that illustration and put it on my wall, where I could see that beauty every day ...
Celaine's person I met in January 2018, in Pomerode, in a workshop on her porch. Looking at the lining of one of her closets, I recognized those foliage that I liked so much. Later, I rediscovered that illustration, the pages of that magazine, among my papers. It was she, the author of those colors and shapes that I first took to embroidery and then to my wall.
During the meetings of the course on creativity and personal language, with a small and varied group of women, I had this very unique and rare experience of being. To be here. Now. It was a practice, a conversation, a look at each other and at yourself. Also a look at yourself through the other, things in the garden, politics, food, soil, papers, brushes and paints. In the exercises and exchanges, everything was very simple and very delicate. At the same time, everything is very strong and intense. Look closely, look from far away. The questions that Celaine asked, the way she asked, offered a space to exist, where each one of us got involved in a path of our own.
From those days of painting exercises and conversations, I left giving myself freedoms that sometimes saw words, sometimes drawings, watercolors and pictures. These are freedoms that I sometimes lose, but then I find to give myself again".
Testimony by Valeria Santos Oliveira