Cecilia Danell

16/06/2018

Video Interview

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I was interviewed by Alison at AMW Visual last summer about art, music and the importance of creativity.
The interview premiered on West of Ireland cultural site An Áit Eile yesterday.

09/04/2018

Fragmented Shore – Cúirt Festival of Literature

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03/04/2018

Narrating Self, translating the Other

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Image: ‘Summer Finds’ – Cecilia Danell

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present a group exhibition featuring artists from Engage Arts Studios

Maeve Curtis, Simon Daly, Cecilia Danell, Deirdre Deegan, Brenda Flannery, Noelle Gallagher, Michelle Hill, Séamus Keane, Hilary Morley, Angela O’Brien, Ilaria Pellizzaro, Jane Queally, Avi Ratnayake, Vicky Smith, Ruby Wallis

Opening 6pm Friday 5 April 2018
Gallery 1, Galway Arts Centre
Until 19th April.

Galway Arts Centre is delighted to present works by artists from Engage Art Studios Galway. The exhibition is a snapshot of current studio practices, research themes and experiments in medium by 15 of the 25 members of the studios, located in Middle St and Francis St in Galway City.
While each artist has an individual practice and set of processes, they are interested in the nature of creating artworks in an age of mass image-based media where often time the image that represents an event, person or place becomes its own entity with its own truth and value, separate from reality and original source.

www.engageartstudios.com

27/02/2018

The Hermione Exhibition 2018

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I’m delighted to have been invited to show work in the annual Hermione Exhibition at Alexandra College, Dublin for the third year in a row. It is curated by Aisling Prior and the line-up is great, so go and see it if in Dublin!



I’m showing two paintings, one of them being the brand new: ‘On Falling’ – Oil and acrylics on canvas, 45×60 cm, 2018.

20/11/2017

Dublin Art Book Fair & Abridged Wormwood

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I have a painting featured in the current issue of Abridged Poetry/Art Journal 0-51 Wormwood.
Abridged is based in Derry, Northern Ireland and the issue was launched at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast on the 2nd November. You can read it online :here: or pick up a copy for free in select art venue on the island of Ireland.

I am also delighted to have my recent publication ‘The Last Wilderness’ selected for the Dublin Art Book Fair by gallerist Oonagh Young. The Dublin Art Book Fair runs at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios during Dublin Gallery Weekend 23rd-26th November with a launch at 6pm on the 23rd. My publication is also available to buy on the :contact: page of this website.

06/10/2017

Next Generation Bursary Award

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I am delighted to announce that I am one of the recipients of the Arts Council Next Generation Bursary Award 2017/18.

The purpose of the Next Generation bursary award is to support a group of promising artists across all disciplines at an early but pivotal stage in their career. Recipients will receive €15,000 and will also take part in a collective week-long residential programme at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre in spring 2018.

I look forward to developing my practice over the next year and am very grateful for the support.

26/09/2017

Platform Arts, Belfast

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Opening Reception Thursday 5th October 6-9pm. Exhibition running until the 20th October.

25/07/2017

Facing West – Boyle Arts Festival

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I was invited by curator Paul McKenna of the McKenna Gallery in Omagh, NI to show a piece in ‘Facing West’, the main exhibition at Boyle Arts Festival. Over 100 established and emerging artists are featured in the exhibition, including John Behan, Brian Bourke, Bernadette Kiely, Mick O’Dea, Hughie O’Donoghue, Ann Quinn, Dermot Seymour, John Shinnors, Micky Donnelly, Eilis O’Connell and Amelia Stein.

The Exhibition was opened on the 20th July by Minister for Culture Heather Humphries and is running at King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon, until the 18th August.

19/06/2017

The Dock Video Interview & Shannonside FM Interview

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A video where I talk about my current exhibition at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland.

Cecilia Danell, The Last Wilderness, at The Dock from THE DOCK ARTS CENTRE on Vimeo.

I was also interviewed by Amanda Jane Graham for the Arts Hour on Shannonside FM. It was broadcast on the 7th June but you can listen back to it here:

18/05/2017

The Dock Arts Centre Solo Exhibition

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Opening Reception 2nd June at 6pm followed by a free gig in the Dock theatre space featuring Rusted Rail label acts A Lilac Decline (Cecilia Danell), Phantom Dog Beneath the Moon and Loner Deluxe. A Lilac Decline will be joined on the night by Sofia Ek who’s coming over from Sweden. She made the soundtrack for and assisted on the shoot of the film ‘Tonight at the Magic Theatre’ which features in the exhibition.
More info at www.thedock.ie

29/03/2017

Irish Times review and publication

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I’m delighted with the feedback I’ve been getting on my exhibition ‘The Last Wilderness’ which is showing in Galway Arts Centre until the 20th of April. It’s my most ambitious work to date and was made possible through an Arts Council project award and through working with several different people. The ones that I’d like to give a special mention are Sue Rainsford who wrote the beautiful essay ‘and the trees, too, were melting’ for the publication on my work that was launched on the night of the opening and who also opened the exhibition. Sofia Ek, who made the soundtrack for my film ‘Tonight at the Magic Theatre’ and who was also my assistant on the film shoots in Sweden. Noel Arrigan and Gabriel Henry who made the photo lightboxes for me, which turned out to involve a lot more work than first anticipated. Padraig Cunningham at Pure Designs who designed the publication, it’s really beautiful. Eoghain Wynne, the Galway Arts Centre technician who worked tirelessly with me on the time consuming install and of course Maeve Mulrennan, head of Visual Arts at Galway Arts Centre.

The hard work has paid off as I got a 5 star review from Aidan Dunne in yesterday’s (28/03/16) Irish Times:

There’s a continual, telling play on the line between realism and artifice in the paintings. The implication is it’s a line that is necessarily crossed once an artist picks up a paintbrush. For underlying Danell’s work is her proposition that: ‘In a postnature future, the human mind will be the last wilderness.’ In a nice touch, the film projection, in which the provincial theatre features, is flanked by a minimal theatrical set of laser-cut plywood trees. A landscape of the mind. And a terrifically effective one, too.”

Read the full review :HERE:

I gave an artist talk last Saturday the 25th March which was very well attended, which I’m also delighted about. I showed images and talked about my Norway residency, the film shoots in Sweden and the overall process of making this body of work.


Photo by: Maeve Mulrennan.

The publication on my work with the essay by Sue Rainsford is available to purchase from the front desk of Galway Arts Centre and will also be available when the show tours to The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon in June. For anyone who can’t attend or who would like a copy now I’ve made a limited number available to purchase through the contact page on this website, which you find :HERE:

27/02/2017

The Last Wilderness

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You are all very welcome to the opening of my solo exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre at 6pm on the 10th March.

“The starting point for this body of work was a residency at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway in early 2016 and Danell’s proposition: “In a post-nature future, the human mind will be the last wilderness”. Influenced by Jungian psychology, existentialism and Utopian/Dystopian science fiction, Danell’s work uses landscape as a metaphor for the exploration of the human psyche. By experiencing and documenting the Scandinavian landscape on foot she explores ideas about wilderness and solitude and how the yearning for an authentic life may be no more than a construct. She has previously used the theatre as metaphor for constructed reality by presenting objects with the surreal quality of being made in the likeness of something, yet falling short of true semblance. Here she has expanded on this further by shooting a film in a Swedish provincial theatre and moving the theatre props out into the landscape. Theatre sets are further referenced in the gallery space through a large-scale forest installation which compliments the film piece.

The exhibition will coincide with the launch of a publication on Danell’s work with a commissioned essay by writer Sue Rainsford. The Last Wilderness is supported by a 2017 Arts Council Project Award.”

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13/02/2017

Hermione Exhibition 2017

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I am happy to have been invited again this year to show work in the annual Hermione Exhibition at Alexandra College, Dublin, curated by Aisling Prior.
Below is a list of all of this year’s participating artists.

19/09/2016

Claremorris Open Exhibition 2016

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COE ’16 New Century Retro – A Selection of COE Prizewinners
Curated by Helen O’Donoghue, IMMA

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The exhibition was officially opened by
Dr. Eimear O’Connor
on Saturday 17th September at 7.45pm
in the Town Hall Gallery, Chapel Lane, Claremorris
Preview 6.45pm – 7.45pm
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17/07/2016

Creative Wave, Galway International Arts Festival

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I am participating in the exhibition ‘Creative Wave’ at Galway City Museum for Galway International Arts Festival.
The exhibition is curated by Austin Ivers and features students, graduates and staff from the GMIT Centre for Creative arts & Media and Letterfrack furniture college. ‘Creative Wave’ also features work by Blaise Drummond, EimearJean McCormack and Louise Manifold amongst others.

The show runs until 27 August, 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays). Sunday opening is from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is free.

06/07/2016

Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

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I am delighted to have been asked by curators Peter Prendergast and Davey Moor to participate in ‘Veins’ at The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin. The Opening takes place at 5.30pm on Thursday the 7th July and the exhibition runs until the 10th August.

Featuring work by Susan Connolly, Cecilia Danell, Gemma Fitzpatrick, Helen Hughes, Riin Kaljurand, Eimear Murphy and Doireann Ní Ghrioghair

“Veins peels back the layers to reveal seven artists whose work is pitched variously, between painterly sculpture and sculptural painting, taking in anatomy lessons, the collective unconscious and the music of chance along the way.”
For more info visit the gallery website: www.molesworthgallery.com


Doireann Ní Ghrioghair ~ Tower


Cecilia Danell ~ Journey to the Centre

21/06/2016

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

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05/05/2016

Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr Island

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Inis Oirr is one of the three Aran Islands located off the west coast of Ireland.
More info at: www.araseanna.ie

09/04/2016

Tactic Gallery, Cork

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21/02/2016

Nordic Artists’ Centre Open Day

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I am currently one of five artists in residence at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale. The centre is located in a small fjord community in western Norway. I have spent 3 weeks here, and am really liking it so far. I will be here for two months, until the 31st March.

We are having an Open Day on Tuesday the 23rd February from 4pm-7pm.

We each live in a self catering cabin with views of a mountain and a wood burning stove:

View of the village from outside the studio building:

Each artist is given a generous, identical studio space with panorama windows and there’s a wood workshop with a technician on hand each Monday/Tuesday.

The centre is currently accepting applications for their 2017 open call, so go on their website for more info.

08/10/2015

Höstsalong 2015 Edsvik Konsthall

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My painting ‘There are no Dark Waters Anymore / Det finns inga mörka vatten mer’ (oil and acrylics on canvas, 107×107 cm, 2013) has been selected for the annual juried autumn exhibition at Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Stockholm, Sweden.

150 artworks out of 1000 submitted were selected for this year’s annual exhibition which runs from the 24th October – 15th November at Edsvik Konsthall.

27/09/2015

Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale

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I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a 2 month residency at Nordic Artists Centre Dale in western Norway for next year. The centre is funded by the Norwegian ministry of culture and offers private living spaces and large studios at the purpose build centre for five international artists at a time. The 2016 residency programme will host artists from Norway, Sweden, UK, Italy, Mexico, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Tanzania, Colombia, Canada, Brazil and Switzerland. The artists will receive a stipend for each month to cover living costs and materials and a travel grant. My residency is scheduled to take place during February and March 2016.

I am really looking forward to the stay and to meeting the staff and other artists. The residency will give me a chance to immerse myself in the Scandinavian landscape, while continuing my research into how places impact on a person in a psychological sense, the relationship between the inner and outer and the difference between solitude and loneliness. The remoteness of the location calls for contemplation and a chance to live close to nature.

(images courtesy of www.nkdale.no)

30/04/2015

185th RHA Annual Exhibition

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I am delighted to have been selected to show a piece in the 185th Annual Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.

Press release from the RHA website:

This year, the RHA 185th Annual exhibition will open to the public on 26 May and show until 9 August. Irelands largest and longest established open submission exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing and architectural models by Academy Members, invited artists and artists selected through the open submission process.

With all gallery spaces dedicated to this exhibition, the RHA presents the visitor with a unique opportunity to view work by artists at every level of their career, from new talent to best-established artists, hanging side by side. 2014 saw a 28% increase in sales indicating that Ireland’s art investment market has clearly turned a corner and the RHA Annual exhibition is the perfect spotting ground for the discerning collector.

This is the painting that I will be showing:

Title: ‘Further All the Time’
Oil and acrylics on board, 61×92 cm, 2015.

09/02/2015

Wildscreen

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12/11/2014

Tulca Festival RTÉ News coverage

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I was interviewed on the RTÉ 1 News (Ireland’s national news) about the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts.
Watch the clip by clicking on the picture.

10/11/2014

Press release: I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees

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I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees

Eight Gallery, Dublin is pleased to present ‘I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees’ an exhibition of new works by Cecilia Danell.

Nov 14th – 26th

Preview Friday Nov 14th 6 – 8pm

“He prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to that deathly inner consuming fire.”

- Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse

Cecilia Danell is a Swedish artist based in Galway since 2004. She identifies mainly as a painter but also uses other media in a practice which draws its inspiration from analytical psychology, existentialism and the landscape of her native Sweden. She has an interest in exploring how places impact on a person in a psychological sense, how they shape and define us and become a part of who we are. Through depicting the area in Sweden where she grew up, she attempts to pinpoint her own place in the world, while also using the landscape that she knows to stage a metaphorical merging between the outer environment and the inner being, through archetypes and Jungian dream theory. This exhibition consists of new work specifically dealing with psychological undercurrents of a more unsettling nature and the fine line between reality and dream through the merging of real places and dream imagery. A recent film studies course on Ingmar Bergman coupled with the re-reading of Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf have further influenced her interest in props, copies and that which is staged as a comment on reality.

Cecilia Danell has exhibited solo in the Talbot Gallery, Dublin and Wexford Arts Centre (both in 2012) and was the 2011 recipient of the Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award. She has participated in two-person exhibitions at Motala Konsthall, Sweden (2014) and Ballina Arts Centre (2012) and numerous group exhibitions including Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2014, Galway, Gateway to Connaught at Galerie du Faouedic, Lorient, France (2014), Kaleidoscope: Art from EU Member States, at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (2013) where she was invited to represent Sweden and VUE National Art Fair (2011). She has received bursaries and project awards from the Arts Council and Galway City Council. Her work is represented in the OPW collection, Wexford County Council Art Collection, Motala Municipal Art Collection, Sweden and the Kelly Collection, Rosslare.

www.eight-gallery.com

Opening hours,
Monday – Saturday
10.00 – 17.30
Sunday 11.00 – 17.30

Show concludes November 26th.

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11/10/2014

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts

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I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as one of the artists in this year’s Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, curated by Aisling Prior. The opening reception takes place on the 7th November and the festival is on from the 8th – 23rd November in venues in Galway City, Ireland.

Excerpt from the Tulca Website about Aisling Prior’s curatorial vision for this year’s Tulca:

“The exhibition will draw attention to the lure of stillness and of silence in this increasingly digital age where all of us, even those who chose to live in the most remote parts of a country, are known, traceable and expected to be readily reachable. Escape is impossible.

The reverie of the retreat to the wilderness is most famously celebrated in Thoreau’s Walden (1854). Within just a few decades after its publication, Thoreau’s romantic hero was anachronistic. The great malaise of the 20th century – ‘alienation’ – had taken its grip on society. Alienation, the source of all modern discontent, was the fallout from the industrial and subsequent technical revolutions, whose labour saving devices and opportunities for leisure caused a new ennui, and created an insurmountable chasm between man and his/her fellow human beings.

Any yearning for isolation was consequently discredited in the 20th century Western world. It was increasingly incumbent on newly mobile societies to be in constant flux, constant travel, – ‘holidays’ became normal. The attraction of urban life and its advantages were almost impossible to resist. And within this new world of easy communication and sociability, people who sought to be alone became feared, aroused suspicion, were termed a loner, an “odd bod”. And so, the anti-social person became the sociopath.

However, we have seen a backlash against the stigmatisation of solitude. Solitude is seen now as a powerful and necessary anti-dote to the pressures imposed on us in this digital age, which allows no cover for passivity. There is a seeming obligation to be in constant communication, to have an endless appetite for the consumption of information, and to embrace every opportunity to engage in the two-way discourse new social media and the internet affords. Even much contemporary art, the practice known as relational aesthetics, obliges us to fully participate in itself, the creation of the artwork being dependent on our engagement. But the expectation to engage has made us weary.

So it transpires that artists, philosophers, writers, designers, architects and psychotherapists are once again extolling the agency and virtue of non-doing, of contemplation and of quietness. “

Find more info about the other selected artists and this year’s festival at www.tulcafestival.com

14/04/2014

TYCI Interview

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I was recently interviewed about my artistic process, influences, recent exhibitions and themes explored through my art for Glasgow-based feminist collective TYCI’s website.
Read the interview :HERE:

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15/12/2013

Press release: Your spaces are my places too

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Motala Konsthall, Sweden.

11th January – 8th February 2014.
Including an artist talk on the 15th January.

Your spaces are my places too is a two person exhibition featuring Helga Steppan and Cecilia Danell. They share the same hometown, Motala in Sweden, but through spending many years abroad, in England and Ireland respectively, their notion of home goes way beyond the invisible boundaries of their shared place of origin.

Their two separate artistic practices intertwine in a series of artworks where not only Motala is their common (starting)point, but also their way of investigating, exploring and trying to understand their identity and environment through examining their past, their present locations and their everyday experiences. Through an exchange of photographs, conversations and explorations of each other’s locations using GPS coordinates, they have come to know and be inspired by the other person’s creative process. This approach shows that what binds them together extends beyond their shared origins and is made visible through the way they work and the themes they collectively share.

In the space between Cecilia Danell’s and Helga Steppan’s two and three dimensional artworks, the visitor is invited to explore the artists’ investigations into their own Self, expressed through a personal and (local) site-specific sense of place which can also be interpreted on a universal level. Together they present an exhibition spanning painting, photography, sculpture and possibly one or two moving image pieces.

Helga Steppan (b. 1976) graduated from The Royal College of Art in London 2004 and works and lives in-between Malmö, Sweden and London, UK. She has exhibited widely in England, Sweden and Internationally. In 2013 she was part of the exhibition series In Dialogue with the Collections at Gothenburg Museum of Art and also exhibited solo with Kaleidoscopia at Ahlbergshallen, Östersund, after being awarded Härke Konststipendium (Artist Grant) in 2012. She received a two-year working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2011 and is currently represented by Man&Eve Gallery in London. Her work is represented in several art collections, including The Cardinal Collection, The London Clinic Collection and Linköping and Östersund Council Art Collections.

Cecilia Danell (b. 1985) graduated from the paint department of The Campus of Creative Arts and Media, GMIT Galway, in 2008, where she was awarded Paint Student of the Year. She lives and works in Galway, Ireland and has exhibited in Ireland and America. In 2013 she represented Sweden in Kaleidoscope: Art from EU Member States, at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin. In 2012 she had solo exhibitions in the Talbot Gallery, Dublin and the Wexford Arts Centre. Danell was the recipient of the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award and she has received bursaries and project awards from the Irish Arts Council (2010, 2011) and Galway City Council (2013). Her work is in the OPW collection and the Wexford County Council art collection.

Further information (in Swedish) and Swedish language Press release can be found at:
Motala Konsthall’s own website

12/11/2013

Dott – Swoon album artwork

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Dott sleeve
Image courtesy of Graveface Records.

I was delighted to be asked by Galway-based garage pop band Dott to design the cover for their debut album Swoon, out on US label Graveface Records on the 4th December. They are currently embarked on a launch tour of Ireland and will be playing dates in the States in the new year, including the SXSW festival. There was a feature in last week’s Galway Advertiser newspaper about the album ahead of their gig in the Roisin Dubh last Saturday, with a nice mention about my involvement with the band in the making of the artwork and previous work. You can read the interview by Kernan Andrews :here:.

The artwork is based on a piece I made last year called “Steppenwolf” for an exhibition in Ballina Arts Centre. Lead singer Anna liked it and commissioned a new piece, where instead of myself, I have her wearing the wolf mask. This is my first sleeve design for a vinyl record and I’m very pleased with the result.

The record will be in independent record shops in Ireland and the US from December and it can also be ordered directly from Graveface Records.

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