Indira Cesarine "Self Portrait as a Butterfly No 2"
Indira Cesarine "Self Portrait as a Butterfly No 1" 2019
Photography, Archival Photographic Print on Fine Art Paper, Framed
Dimensions: 10 x 8in, Framed 17 x 13in (Limited Edition of 2/15)
Signed on verso, includes certificate of authenticity.
Indira Cesarine is a Mexican American multidisciplinary artist who works with photography, video, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. A graduate of Columbia University with a triple major in Art History, French, and Women’s Studies, she additionally studied at Parson’s School of Design, ICP, SVA, Art Students League, and The New York Academy of Art. Cesarine had her first solo show at the age of sixteen at Paul Mellon Arts Center. She began working as a photographer from the age of seventeen, shooting for top modeling agencies Elite, Ford, and IMG while she completed her degree. Upon graduation from university, she continued her career in London where she received photography commissions by Vogue, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other international titles while still in her early twenties. Her work as an artist has been featured internationally at many art galleries, museums, and art fairs, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hudson Valley MOCA, The Watermill Center, Mattatuck Museum, Albany Institute, The National Museum of Women In The Arts, CICA Museum, Smack Mellon, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, French Embassy Cultural Center, Art Basel Miami, SCOPE Art Fair, Norwood Arts Club, Cannes Film Festival, and SPRING/BREAK Art Show to name a few.
In 2014, her public art sculpture, "The Egg of Light," was exhibited at Rockefeller Center as part of the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Cesarine’s work has been auctioned in a number of celebrated art benefits including at Sotheby’s New York, ARTWALK NY supporting the Coalition for the Homeless, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, and UPRISE supporting the ERA Coalition, among many others. Her artwork and exhibitions have been featured internationally in numerous publications including The New York Times, American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Forbes, Newsweek, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Dazed, New York Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Empowering feminist themes are often a point of departure for her artwork, which is influenced by autobiographical content, her Latinx heritage, and women’s history. Aside from her work as an artist, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Untitled Magazine, founder of Art4Equality, an initiative supporting equality in the arts, as well as founder of The Untitled Space art gallery. Cesarine explores her creative vision as an artist vis-à-vis traditional and new mediums, and finds strength in examining new ideas in contemporary culture. She currently lives and works in Tribeca, NY.
The “Papiliones” series features macro photographic visuals of a variety of butterfly species Cesarine photographed in Costa Rica in 2014, and abstracted between 2015-2016. Each medium format image is manipulated to present “butterfly blots,” her take on the psychological ink blots known as the Rorschach Test. The butterfly (“papiliones” in Latin) has traditionally represented a symbol of rebirth and transformation. The artist stated, “I went to Costa Rica to get away from the urban intensity of New York. While I was there I spent a lot of time in nature, and got an opportunity to photograph the wild butterflies of the region. The images inspired me to create this abstract series, which in many regards is a reflection on my own personal metamorphosis. It was a time of transition, of personal growth and change, leaving my old life behind for a new one.” The series has been exhibited at The Untitled Space as well as at the Costa Verde Photography & Art Auction at Dune Studios, April, 2015, the Groundswell Art Benefit and Auction, October 2016, the “Angel Ball” 2019 benefit art auction, supporting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, as well as The Orchid Foundations 2020 benefit art auction. The “Papiliones” series is additionally featured in numerous esteemed private collections in the US and abroad.
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