Céleste Cebra’s artistic practice considers the relationship humans have with matter. Cebra gathers thrifted, discarded, found or fabricated items and fashions them into quasi-architectural formations to perform for the camera. To eternalize these temporary assemblages she photographs them. The resulting still images permit a hyperfocus, a meditation upon the unlikely pairings, a solitary item or representation of the built world. This act of collecting, constructing and photographing deliberates on how people interact with, respond to and experience their surroundings.
Céleste Cebra is an emerging artist from Sydney, Australia, who currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. She’s a 2019 graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's MFA in Studio program, through the Department of Photography. Since graduating she has undertaken an artist residency at Trestle Art Space in Brooklyn, New York and is a current Artist-in-Residence by invitation at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.
Her artworks have been shortlisted for major Australian surveys of photography including the 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize and the 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. She was a Fisher’s Ghost Award photography finalist in both 2019 & 2018 and an American-Australian Arts Fund, Visual Arts Grant recipient in 2018. 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, the major departmental award judged by Patrick Corrigan, AM.