Céline Siani Djiakoua is a visual artist, art facilitator, performer, teacher and jewellery maker. She was born in Nantes, France. She first studied Psychology (MA) and had a personal interest and experience in Psychoanalysis. She trained and worked as a schoolteacher and was going to become a psychologist when she moved to the U.K. in 2001. Since then she has followed her passion for Fine Art, graduating from Staffordshire University in June 2009. She is now based in Nottingham and has a studio at Surface Gallery. Céline Siani Djiakoua’s work is multidisciplinary, involving photography, video, drawing, animation, performance and installations. Her practice is profoundly influenced by her bodily experience as a previous dancer. Her work is informed by her interests in Jungian and Freudian/Lacanian theories, Phenomenology, Feminism, Cross Cultural Communication and Interculturalism.

Céline Siani Djiakoua uses drawing, photography and installation to investigate universal human experiences through the exploration of her own emotions. She examines language without form, creating imagery around the body to evoke strong feelings. The works are a subconscious and pre-verbal embodiment of internalised sensations. Siani states that it is important to link with an audience:

"I believe if I go deep within myself I can reach the same emotional levels with other people. This can help people connect with themselves. We do not do this within modern society".

Siani has produced a range of sensitive, delicate yet complex and at points disturbing works that make us question our own understanding of what resides within us.

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