Artist Statement

Céleste Cebra is currently contemplating a range of issues surrounding urbanity and walking in Chicago relative to public and privately owned spaces. A preliminary iteration is her series The Walks (2017).

In early 2017 Cebra unveiled a series of works created during her artist residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and subsequent travels, for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis (March - April).

An underlying theme of Cebra's work is the movement of people through interstitial spaces, the oddity of such spaces when void of human presence and also how the human figure can activate spaces. This investigation stems from Cebra's photographic series Interstitial Interiors (2015) which examined transience, flow, transitional zones and the ritual of the pedestrian commute in institutional interiors. The series is comprised of large scale composite digital images printed on archival photographic paper.

Preliminary samples of work including Dérive (2014)Spilt Milk (2014) and Splash, Disperse, Swarm (2014), Unfixed (2014) and Triplicity (2014) all sought to grapple with the photographic medium and it's relation to Cebra and her experience of the world via the camera lens.

As an emerging artist Cebra's practice constantly evolves and seeks to marry influences from the previous decades to her contemporary explorations.

Céleste Cebra is Australian born and raised, she presently lives and works in Chicago.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2017-current Master of Fine Art in Studio with a concentration in Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.
2013-2015 Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography, National Art School, Darlinghurst, Australia

professional experience

2017 (Fall Semester) Teaching Assistant for Amy Yoes' Introduction to Photographic Image Making course, SAIC

Solo Exhibition

2017 'Quotidian Metropolis', Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown

Group Exhibitions

2015 National Art School Graduate Show, National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst
2015 'The Habit of Seeing', National Art School Library Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst

Awards & Residencies

2016 Onslow Storrier National Art School Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris
2015 Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award

talks & presentations

2016 'International Residency Experiences', NAS Art Forum, National Art School, Darlinghurst 

Collections

Held in private collections in Sydney and Canada

 

Contact

email:       celeste@celestecebra.com