Celeste Contreras is a Xicana-Indigenous artist who works in mixed mediums to share stories of ceremony, palimpsests, and memory with reflections of identity. Her work includes illustrations, print, book arts and animation. Her research includes storytelling through images and objects, exploring the condition of the book and book form, recalling the of intergenerational trauma from migration and genocide of ancestors to relearning and decolonizing through ceremony and art.
“It is time to call your spirit back home. So, say your name aloud. Call your spirit back so that it may reanimate your body, mind, and heart.” Xochi Quetzalli, maestra and practitioner of curanderismo, offers a reflection on cultural susto and a velación to connect with ancestors.