Cecelia Rembert

Artist Statement  

     "The spark of my painting is interior. An idea, emotion or event is the seed, and surrounding that seed are a constellation of concurrent ideas, a nebula of the history and context that surrounds each idea or event. In my work I explore the idea and its many satellites, compressing ideas and narratives on top of each other spatially and temporarily. Through color, mark and image, I make real the seed so that I can see it. My paintings serve as visual journal and narrative, condensing and exploring life events, memories and thoughts. 

     The initiating seed is personal, but the work is intended to be universal, to resonate with others. My paintings are inscribed with myths old and new, metaphors and signs. I am interested in archetypes, symbols and images, and how these form a language of their own, woven throughout history. I see life as multi-layered, our unique individual interactions overlaid on an ancient armature of mythic archetypes and narratives that we rarely recognize. I invite these narratives into my work, and even as I am excavating a seed of my personal experience, I am relishing its temporal and existential universality."



2016     Threshold, The Shed, Brooklyn, NY

2015     Exquisite Corpus, Holes in the Wall Collective, INdustry City, Brooklyn, NY

2014     Les Show des Amis, Showroom: Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY

            Pop Up! 3walls, Brooklyn, NY

            Summer Invitational, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            The Last Brucennial, New York, NY

2013    Scale, Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Joey, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2012    To the Stars on the Wings of an Eel, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn NY

            Brucennial, New York, NY

2011    The Longest Night, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn NY

            Four on the Verge, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            It’s All Good, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010    Material Motion, Dalet Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

            It’s a Wonderful Tenth, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009    In Conversation with the Oracle, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

             35/25, The Painting Center, New York, NY

             Open City, New York Studio School Gallery, New York, NY 

2008    Perspectives, The Icebox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

             Faraway from the Beginning, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

             Selections, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

             Introduction ’08, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia

2007    25 Years of Giving: A Tribute to Ruth Chenven, Noho Gallery, New York, NY


2008        Fellow, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2007        LCU Foundation Grant for Female Artists

2003        Ruth Chenven Grant for Visual Arts

2002        Vermont Studio Center Residency



2007        MFA, New York Studio School, New York, NY

1998        BA, Smith College, Northampton, MA