Working with photography, Céleste Cebra’s artistic practice addresses the relationship humans have with material things, the agency of objects, and the built environment. By mirroring photographic tropes her work examines the illusionistic properties of the picture plane and the medium’s aptitude for fantasy.

In her studio, Cebra compiles still lifes using thrifted and discarded items, found detritus and representations of vernacular architecture. These simultaneously quotidian and fanciful images consider the empathy and apathy people have for material items and their environs.

This examination of objects, along with Cebra’s nascent glassmaking practice, has sparked a deep interest in transparent matter and the role it plays in containment, vision and reflection.


Céleste Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in New York, USA. Cebra is a 2019 graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Master of Fine Arts in Studio program, through the department of Photography. 

Most recently, her artwork has been shortlisted for the 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. In 2018 she was a Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalist, a Fisher’s Ghost Award photography finalist; and an American-Australian Arts Fund, Visual Arts Grant Recipient. In 2017 her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis unveiled photographic artworks created during an Onslow Storrier National Art School Residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and subsequent travels.

She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photomedia from Sydney’s National Art School. Upon graduating in 2015 she received the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award.


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