Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish artist based in Galway since 2004. She mainly identifies as a painter, but also uses other media in a practice which draws its inspiration from analytical psychology, existentialism and the Scandinavian landscape. She explores how places impact on a person in a psychological sense, how they shape and define us and become a part of who we are. She tries to pinpoint her own place in the world, while also using the landscape and built environment to stage a metaphorical merging between the outer environment and inner being, through Jungian archetypes and dream theory. Her work touches upon a universal as well as personal condition; of exploring the otherness within oneself as well as the connection between the Self and the surrounding world. When engaging with landscape and place first hand, her working method is close to that of a cinematographer, as she documents and selects imagery based on the story she wants to tell - counter to documentary objectivity - the resultant paintings being hybrids of photographic semblance and abstraction. Her installation works often take the form of props or copies, referencing theatre sets and the surreal qualities of objects made in the likeness of something, yet falling short of true semblance. Danell spent February and March of 2016 on residency at the Nordic Artists' Centre Dale, Norway, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, an intense period of work and research which is informing her current body of work.
A graduate of GMIT CCAM, Danell has exhibited solo in the Galway Arts Centre (2017) which garnered a five star review by Aidan Dunne: "A landscape of the mind, and a terrifically effective one too" (Irish Times 28/03/17), Eight Gallery, Dublin (2014), Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2012) and Wexford Arts Centre (2012) with an upcoming solo exhibition at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2017). She has participated in two-person exhibitions at TACTIC, Cork (2016), Motala Konsthall, Sweden (2014) and Ballina Arts Centre (2012). Group exhibitions include Veins, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2016), The Claremorris Open Prizewinners' Retrospective (2016) selected by Helen O'Donoghue (IMMA), the RHA Annual Exhibition (2015), Tulca Festival of Visual Art (2010, 2012, 2014), and Kaleidoscope: Art from EU Member States, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (2013) where she was invited to represent Sweden. Awards include Arts Council Bursary and Project Awards, the Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award (2011), Bursary- and Tyrone Guthrie Residency Awards from Galway City Council and a Nordic Artists' Centre Dale Residency Award funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture (2016). Her work is represented in The OPW Collection, the Wexford County Council Art Collection, Galway City Council Art Collection, The Kelly Collection, Rosslare and The Motala Municipal Art Collection, Sweden. A publication on Danell's work to date with an essay by Sue Rainsford was also launched in March 2017.