Eight is pleased to present 'I am a Forest, and a Night of Dark Trees' , an exhibition of new works by Cecilia Danell.
“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.
Show concludes November 26th.