Multidisciplinary artist and Clark alumnus Sol Cejas invites you on a journey of introspection that reflects her own journey of self-discovery in “The Haus of Luna”, her 7-room house-turned-art installation in Vancouver.
With its vigorous colors, vaporwave aesthetic, extensive symbolism and geometric patterns, “The Haus of Luna” is Cejas’ homage to her journey in becoming an artist. Embracing surrealist and abstract approaches, Cejas has crafted an experience full of color, texture, light, sound and interactive symbolic content to stimulate the senses, in the very house where her artistic journey began.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cejas grew up in an environment that, while appreciative of the arts, did not provide many opportunities or resources to pursue art. After moving to the U.S. in 2001, Sol took the first steps towards finding herself in art after working in accounting.
“My culture, although it is open to the arts, the arts were never as encouraged as they should have been,” said Cejas. “One day I said, ‘I just want to pursue this.’ Right there, it felt so good and so natural.”
After that decision, Cejas was living in the house that is now “The Haus of Luna,” and chose to study art at Clark, which seemed like the most convenient choice due to the short distance from her home.
“This house is really where I cracked that shell and discovered that part of me,” she said.
At Clark, she took an art history class from professor Sally Tomlinson, who was one of several art professors whom Cejas invited to
the opening of “The Haus of Luna” on Oct. 21.
Tomlinson has also written a statement about her experience at “The Haus of Luna.” In fact, she does not consider Sol as a former student, but instead as fully-fledged artist in her own right.
“In ‘The Haus of Luna’, you begin to feel what you’re experiencing, and it becomes a whole-body experience, not just an intellectual or cerebral experience,” said Tomlinson. “If you can attune to that, [Cejas] invites you in many ways to fully participate with your body.”
Music plays in the background at the Haus of Luna, produced by Cejas’ husband Jim Lund. Bright neon lights and retro-style motifs throughout “The Haus of Luna” also add to the aesthetic known as vaporwave, an art style reminiscent of the 80s and 90s.
“I am a child of the 80s, and I really love the concept of combining nostalgia with the new, and there are classical busts and a replica of the Mona Lisa in the Haus,” said Cejas. “I also really love neon colors and gold, just anything shiny.”
Sol Cejas’ younger sister Lucila Cejas is a cultural strategist, and supported and helped Sol Cejas with communicating her ideas and putting them into words. When she was first exposed to “The Haus of Luna,” she had many conversations with Sol Cejas about different elements throughout the installation to create the messaging for the project.
“I thought this was such an amazing and unique way of expressing yourself, especially after a pandemic and a long period of time isolated,” said Lucila Cejas. “Knowing Sol, for her it was so much about decoding these different elements and manifesting her inner psyche. It’s just so refreshing and fun, I’m very proud of her.”
“The Haus of Luna” is a branding Sol Cejas created in February 2021 shortly after the passing of Luna, her Jack Russel terrier and longtime companion. The branding had no clearly defined purpose until months later, when Sol Cejas was thinking about what to name her installation.
“It’s a kind of play on words, since my name is Sol, which means sun, and Luna means moon,” said Sol Cejas. “She was 18 and a half, so basically my companion forever.”
She aptly chose “The Haus of Luna”, since Luna had also lived in that very house with her. Sol Cejas decided that she wanted the branding to represent the space as being unpredictable, yet harmonic at the end.
This space, filled with pieces of herself and her memories, reflects who she is and may possibly even reveal to you parts of who you are.
Tickets to “The Haus of Luna” can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-trip-to-wonderland-experience-tickets-189021066097. More photos of “The Haus of Luna” can be found on the Haus’ Instagram page.