Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish-born, Galway-based artist. Her current body of work is based on winter walks in the area surrounding her family farm in Sweden, where the experience of being in the landscape influences the paintings beyond the photographic source material. She walks and traces an environment that she knows intimately, happening upon decaying remnants of human activity, further upending the romantic notion of nature as untended wilderness. Foregoing the picturesque for the partial and askew, there is an appearance of melting of the landscape, suggesting an existential undoing, as well as an ongoing exploration into the possibilities of the medium of paint.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Futures Series 3 Episode 2’ RHA, Dublin (2018), ‘Island Life’, Kevin Kavanagh (2018), BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea, UK (2018),
‘The Last Wilderness’ (solo) at Galway Arts Centre (2017) and The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2017). She was a 2017 recipient of the Arts Council Next Generation Award and has previously received Arts Council Bursary and Project Awards, the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award and a 2016 residency award at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.