Celia Eberle b. 1950 - Celia is a Dallas-based multimedia artist, with a nearly cult-like following, who describes her artistic pursuits as both “inexorable” (that which cannot be changed) and “inevitable” (that which always happens). She employs natural materials such as bone, wood, coral, and stone into her works that frequently examine the relationship between man and nature. Aesthetically, Eberle’s work almost feels like something out of Grimm’s classic fairy tales, combining a mixture of the fantastical, whimsical, and sinister. From castle turrets carved from bone to monumental sculpture shaped like a human foot and made of newsprint, Eberle is interested in mankind’s need to control the natural order and of disposability, both of which negatively affect the world we live in. There is another underpinning that can be found throughout her oeuvre; the great equalizers, death, and decay, are represented through many of the natural and fragile materials used in Eberle’s work.
Celia Eberle has exhibited extensively throughout Texas as well as in Chicago, New York, and Oregon. Most recently, Eberle was awarded The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation’s Invidual Support Grant in 2019. Eberle was also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2015. Likewise, she is an inaugural recipient of the Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Microgrant. In 2014, Eberle’s mid-career retrospective, In the Garden of Ozymandias, debuted at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Her work is currently in the collections of The Dallas Museum of Art, the J. Wayne Stark University Gallery at Texas A&M, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.