Céleste Cebra is a lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, Illinois, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia from the National Art School, Sydney, she undertook an artist residency at La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, 2016, and is current MFA Photography student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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.
2017-current MFA in Studio, Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A.
2013-2015 BFA, Photomedia, National Art School, Darlinghurst, Australia
2017 (Fall Semester) Teaching Assistant for Amy Yoes' Introduction to Photographic Image Making course, SAIC
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
2018 'SAIC Department of Photography Graduate Publication'
2016 'National Art School Make Art Publication'
2015 'Yearbook by National Art School'
talks & presentations
2016 'International Residency Experiences', NAS Art Forum, National Art School, Darlinghurst
Held in private collections in Sydney and Canada