How would you describe your approach, the concept and methods used in your work?
I immerse myself in urban surrounds and charter them on foot. In exploring city ecosystems I’m free to observe a populace’s daily movements, the architecture and infrastructure. The temporality of a city network’s pedestrian flow is juxtaposed with the solidity of the built environment, constructed predominantly from concrete, steel, glass, bricks and stone. These explorations allow me the time and space to document my experiences photographically. This is followed by production work with the resulting imagery – including the digital processing and printing.
What most engages you through the art process?
Throughout my art process I am most engaged the moment when I see my surrounds differently, both physically and mentally. The camera translates the world we see, confining it within the viewfinder’s boundaries. This ability grants me the power to edit the urban landscape, make impressions of it, compose, alter and rescale it onto a two-dimensional plane.
Tell us about the themes behind your work?
Key ideas and concerns include: isolation, population, density, place, space, pedestrian movement, urbanity and architecture.
To be more specific I am drawn in by the spaces found between destinations and how people move through them. Another area of interest is building façades. These are visible to the public and play a role in creating an areas identity.
What recent experiences have most influenced you?
The Onslow Storrier National Art School Residency in Paris at La Cité Internationale des Arts has been a notable and recent influence. This opportunity flung me into one of the most photographed, documented and written about cities on the planet.
The sheer multitude of architectural styles jostling for position, together with the dense layers of space punctuated by famous landmarks made a profound impression on me. Although cars now pervade most of Paris’ urban areas, I traversed the city on foot finding new streets, tunnels and paths everyday.
Are you inspired by any particular artists or designers, etc
Too many artists to mention all of them. Some on my mind lately include Lewis Baltz, Sophie Calle, Ed Ruscha (his photo-book works), Simon Terrill and Brian Ulrich.
What messages are you aiming to communicate through your work?
There is no aim to communicate any particular messages to viewers.If anything, I would like the viewer to consider how they interact with their urban surrounds on a daily basis.
What do you hope to be the outcome of your exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery? What’s next?
A great experience! The opportunity to showcase work in Camperdown, a neighborhood I know and love, and to interact with gallery visitors is all I could hope for.
Next, I will continue to be inspired by my physical surrounds and to learn about the world through my photographic practice.
Website: www.celestecebra.com Exhibition
Title: Quotidian Metropolis Exhibition
Dates: 29 March – 9 April 2017
Exhibition Opens: Wednesday 29 March 2017, 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown