Multi-disciplinary Visual Artist
Marla Celeste is a multi-disciplinary visual artist of Tamil and “white Australian” descent with experience in installation, video, photography, painting and sculpture. Her education in Applied Linguistics at Monash University has led her to explore ideas of communication, globalization and cultural identity throughout her artistic practice, and enabled her to spend time working and researching abroad based in Asia and the Americas.
Most recently, she spent 4 years in South America conducting independent research while building a visual and oral archive.
This period included highlights such as exhibitions at the Museo de Santo Domingo del Cusco Qorikancha (Cusco, Peru), Centro Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Arequipa, Peru) as well as her recent solo show, “Océano Específico” at Grau Galería (Lima).
The artist would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and pay respects to all elders past and present.
I’ve always had a difficult relationship with Australia and with my family. These tenuous connections are central to my reasons for having spent most of my adult life living overseas. Most recently, I spent just over four years living in South America before abruptly evacuating from my home in Lima, Peru to Australia in the midst of the pandemic.