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 complies 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 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. In 2018 she was an American-Australian Arts Fund, Visual Arts Grant Recipient.

Cebra is a 2019 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in Studio program, through the department of Photography, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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