Ceaphas Stubbs


Ceaphas Stubbs’s large-format photographs navigate the innate tension between desire and pain, and unpacks the phenomenology of loss by giving visual language to the persistent tingling that accompanies want. Stubbs scavenges materials, which often hold traces of intimacy yet embody only a fraction of a greater whole —colorful, patterned swatches that belong to a larger garment; scenes clipped from photographs rooted in someone else’s memories; and limbs dismembered from sex acts depicted in pornographic magazines. These materials are then refigured and suspended from string and wire affixed to a wooden armature. In a final gesture, Stubbs photographs the tableau to generate a single image, where only shadows remain as remnants of his trace, and the multi-step process. His creative process is an experiment in itself; a performance that tests the understood limits of photography, perception, and patience, marrying analog and digital processes to produce imagery that is simultaneously nostalgic and afro-futuristic. 

Ceaphas Stubbs graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Visual Arts in 2011, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He was the recipient of a Christopher Lyon Memorial Award in 2013, and nominated for the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in the spring of 2012. Stubbs has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2012), Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (2017), The Creative Capital Professional Development Program (2017), and ExpressNewark (2017-18). His work has been shown widely, including in exhibitions at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn; Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Culver City; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo-si; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark; The Print Center, Philadelphia; and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, amongst others.

Stubbs’s works have been reviewed in The New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Skowhegan’s SPACE/LAUNCH, Expose Magazine, and Agave Magazine.  


Selected Works