Céleste Cebra’s photography practice investigates the relationship humans have with material things and the urban environment. Most recently, Cebra draws upon art historical and photographic tropes to give objects their own agency. Mirroring these styles allows Cebra to examine the illusionistic properties of the picture plane and the medium’s aptitude for fantasy.
Studio still lifes are often constructed with thrifted and discarded items, found detritus and representations of vernacular architecture. Simultaneously quotidian and fanciful, they offer a reflection of the empathy or apathy people have for the items and the environment they live in. This examination of objects, along with Cebra’s nascent glassmaking practice, have sparked a deep interest in transparent materials and the role they play in containment, vision and reflection.
Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia and the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award from the National Art School, Sydney. In 2016 she undertook a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In early 2017 Cebra unveiled a series of works created during her artist residency and subsequent travels for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis. In 2018 she was a Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalist and a Fisher’s Ghost Award photography finalist. Most recently Cebra has been an American-Australian Arts Fund, Visual Arts Grant Recipient.
Cebra is a Master of Fine Arts in Studio candidate in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.