Carmen B. Costello

 

“A painting, a sculpture or music, they all lead to the same internal place. returning us to the infinite.
An artist renders their soul to a canvas, a piece of paper or a chord, willingly giving it over to the
world.”



 

 

Carmen Costello is a self-taught artist. She works around traditional and experimental techniques, adjusting, inflecting

and twisting given forms to create new images. Working  in a state of intuitive action, creating a riotous display of brilliant colors,

choppy swirling bush/hand strokes and abbreviated figures and symbols that invoke ancient modes of dance and ritual.

Many of her works address timeless and fundamental issues of freedom, self-determination, gender and the environment.

Carmen's paintings are windows into a quintessential and unassimilated form of the individual life cycle, the seasons

and stages of life where the only constant is change.

 

Just as her art career as an artist was taking hold in Austin, Texas, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and

spent the next year battling the disease and after a double mastectomy and months of chemo and radiation therapy,

she won the battle and moved to California. 

 

There she found herself working with youth and connecting with the community through art and went on to teach art

to hundreds of Bay area children over the following seven years. She volunteered and ran inner city art programs,

as well as worked for one of the largest non- profits in the bay area as an art specialist developing the arts programs

for YMCA in Berkeley and South Berkeley as well as their camp in Gualala and working with the San Francisco YMCA

Jones Gulch Family Camp. She ran independent art workshops in both the Berkeley and Oakland school districts and

worked with the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department bringing quality art programs to inner city youth.

After seven years of working and living in a city environment and having little time to pursue her art

and a recurrence of cancer, she decided to move to Guam.

 

Life in Guam was slow and there was plenty of time to paint and also time to work with the youth in the

community as well as adults with disabilities. 

Just as she was finding her groove and acclimating to island life until she suffered

congestive heart failure the by product of chemo therapy, radiation and genetics, she

had to relocate to the united states where the health care is available to treat her condition.

Now residing in San Diego she rejoins her family and is beginning a new chapter in life proving

yet again the one constant in life is change. It's a small world and a big life!

 

 

Volunteered Art workshops and programs
Covenant House, shelter for young people 2004-2005.
Ran art program and helped organize and participate in group outings and events.


Oakland Shelter for abused women 2004
Ran art programs to help provide relief for women and children.


Bad Art in the Park. Oakland California 2003
Art program for individuals living in inner city Old Mans Park. Providing both a space for creativity
and an opportunity to engage the community through art and allow put down the burdens and pick up the joy.


San Francisco Homeless shelter Sanctuary 2002
Ran holiday art programs for clients.

 

Art and life in Guam


2006 – 2009 Guam: coordinated and conducted numerous art workshops for at-risk youth at Sanctuary,
Incorporated shelters and two of their annual parent/youth conferences.


2007 -2009 Guam: Conducted Art workshops for youth who were incarcerated in the youth facility.


2010 Guam: Release the Fear workshop with Robert J. Miley for youth of Sanctuary as well as youth
within the Department of Youth Affairs facilities.


Co-creator and coordinator with Lisa Mesa of HERSTORY: Women Who Inspire Us, a photographic
and art exhibit celebrating women in our local community and connecting our perspectives at home to
women issues globally. The exhibit was sponsored by The Bank of Guam Women in Business Program,
GTA, Agana Shopping Center, Real Woman Magazine and Portraits by DL which took place in March
2007, was featured in the last issue of RW, highlighting 10 women who are making a difference on our
island.


Worked at Guma Mami as Art instructor
Facilitated art classes for individuals with Mental and physical disabilities and women who had
experienced domestic violence. 


Coordinated yearly art show and solicited local support to aide the art programs of Guma Mami.
Guam Local Art shows and exhibits


2008-2010 Guma Mami Island Artist exhibits
Local artists and individuals with Mental disabilities come together to raise funds for the arts and
humanities as well as other projects that Guma Mami takes on. All funds raised by local artists are
given to non-profit and all art sold by the clients of Guma Mami go directly to that client.


Sept. 2009 International Women; Network Against Militarism 7th International Conference Resistance,
Resilience, and Respect for Human Rights. Exhibited art and engaged in conversation with other

female artists from around the world.


July 2009 Living in Color -Solo art show at the IP Coffee Cafe
2008 - 2009 Group Artist show at the Nissans Women Art Show.
March 2008 Solo show second floor of the Bank of Guam building.
March 2006 Solo show at the Guam Artist Association, Chamorro Village.
February 2006 Group show at the Guam Artist Association Chamorro Village.





Art and life in California

BERKELEY YMCA, Berkeley, CA: March 1999 to August 2005
Pre-school/ Elementary/Middle School Art Instructor/ art specialist and Events Coordinator
Silk worms Art Program: August 2003-June 2004
An Eight week program for Toddlers and Caregivers:An introduction to art for children 3yrs-5years of
ageClay, finger painting and collage.
Camp Jones Gulch Family Camp (spring and fall four day program) 2001,02.03,04
Worked with youth and parents in Candle making, mask making, basket weaving, and nature art.
City of Oakland Arts Magnet School: 2002After school Art Program:
Painting, sculpture, baskets, mask making , drums and other musical instruments.
City of Berkeley, Thousand Oaks school: 2001
Mural with youth 1st-5th grade,
Six week mask making class grades 3rd and 5th, drum making class grades 5th and 6th
City of Oakland, Summer Art Program : June 2001
Drama instructor for inner city youth summer program.
Five week clowning class for inner city youth ages 8-12 yrs.
American Youth Camp association: Aug 2001
Trained youth art directors/youth summer camp directors in nature artand special needs youth art
programs for youth ages 8-16yrs
SOUTH BERKELEY YMCA, Berkeley, CA : June 1999 to October 1999
Arts Instructor taught youth from age's seven to eleven years old,
ceramics, Papier-mâché, clowning, candle making and other various crafts.
Coordinated collaborative Art show and Performance dance and clowning for Berkeley and South
Berkeley youth.



Art and life in Texas


Hyde Park/ Reckless Daughters Productions 9/96
One women show titled Strong Woman;Works in abstract using various styles, palettes and textures
attempting to relay different moods by combining certain colors with contrasting texture and
movements in hopes of luring the viewer past the esthetics of a piece, past the artist personal ideas
rendered on canvas, inciting a visceral response for the viewer thus breaking away from the
circumstances of an experience and coming together on a wide range of emotions.
Laughing at the Sun Gallery Austin, Texas. 3/96;Celebrations:
A multimedia event celebrating diversity in the arts and featuring 15 local artists.
Quackenbush Art Space. Austin, Texas. 7/96 Wolf Unleashed
Solo show that explored gender roles and their origins in western culture.
Upper Crust/ Reckless Daughters Productions Austin Texas. 8/96
Solo show Strong Woman second showing.
Raging film Productions:
Jesus of Judson and short film Block Art director 5/95