Inspired By Jungian Psychology

Cecilia Danell is a Swedish artist based in Galway, Ireland. Her inspiration largely derives from our physical encounter with the landscape and the merging of the outer environment with the inner being, until the boundaries become so blurred that one can act as a substitute for the other. She has an interest in the way we interpret the world around us, and in that which is staged as opposed to authentic, where archetypes, metaphors and the aesthetics of the stage set become important tools in the telling of a story. A sense of otherness pervades her work, which also draws heavily upon her Scandinavian heritage and upbringing and real places come to act as props in a fictional story where she herself appears in one way or another. Much of her work is inspired by Jungian psychology, with special focus on the theory of archetypes and dream interpretation. She also has an ongoing interest in the exploration of duality and the absurd in Existentialist and Surrealist writing as well as the schism between Self and Other and ideas based around copying, ordering and authenticity.

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Solitude Made Easy by Cecilia Dannell

Solitude Made Easy by Cecilia Dannell


b. 1985 in Motala, Sweden. Based in Galway, Ireland since 2004.


  • Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway City Council 2013.
  •      The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Award Galway City Council 2012.
  •      Wexford County Council and Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award 2011.
  •      Arts Council of Ireland Project Award 2011.
  •      Arts Council of Ireland Visual arts bursary award 2010.
  •      Liljesonska stiftelsen, County Östergötland, Sweden. Young artists’ training award. 2009.
  •      Allied Irish Bank paint student of the year award 2008.
  •      Emerging artist award Claremorris Open Exhibition 2007.


  • Bachelors (Honours) degree in fine arts with First class honours, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland – specialising in painting,2007-2008
  • Bachelors degree of art and design (Distinction), ,  Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland – specialising in painting,2004-2007
  • Introduction to Jungian Psychology, University College of Gävle- 15 ECTS Credits, 2012


 Solo Exhibitions

  •      I am a Forest and a Night of Dark Trees, Eight Gallery, November 2014
  •      Secretly, we thirst for reality Wexford Arts Centre. December 2012.
  •      The consoling dream necessity Talbot Gallery, Dublin. January 2012.
  •      You had another skin Eight, Galway, 2011.
  •       Selection of works Ard Bia Nimmo’s, Galway, 2010.


Two-person Exhibitions

  •       Your Spaces are my Places too with Helga Steppan, Motala Konsthall, Sweden. January 2014.
  •      (Non)fiction with Darren Barrett, Ballina Arts Centre. November 2012.
  •      Here And Elsewhere with Nicky Larkin, Crow Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin. Curated by Maeve Mulrennan. July 2008.

Selected group Exhibitions

  •      I kommunens gömmor Motala Municipal Art Collection new acquisitions. Motala Konsthall, Sweden, 2014
  •      Selection BOX Christmas Exhibition, Talbot Gallery, Dublin. Curated by: Aimee Nolan and Elaine Grainger, 2013
  •      Pace Selected Engage Studios members, Clifden Arts Festival. Curated by: Shelly McDonnell, 2013
  •      Art & Style Brown Thomas window exhibition, Galway. Curated by: Angela O’Kelly, 2013
  •      REMEMBER ME (before I forget) Cecilia Danell, Emmet Kierans and Red Bird Youth Collective, Galway Arts Centre, 2013
  •      Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art From EU Member States Representing Sweden. Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, 2013
  •      The 6th Annual 126 Members’ Show 126 Gallery, Galway. Curated by: Katherine Waugh, 2013
  •      Fast moving consumer goods Christmas exhibition, Talbot Gallery, Dublin. Curated by Elaine Grainger and Claire    Halpin,2012
  •      Tulca Festival of Visual Arts The Fairgreen gallery, Galway. Curated by: Gregory McCartney, 2012
  •      Latency Engage Studios members, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Curated by: Michaële Cutaya, 2012
  •      #008000 Selected Engage Studios members, The Shed, Galway. Curated by: Grace McEvoy, 2012
  •      Hyperopia Clifden Arts festival. Selected by: Shelly McDonnell, 2012
  •      Impressions ’12 Print exhibition, Galway Arts Centre. Selected by: Norman Ackroyd, 2012
  •      The Museum Of Miniatures Skibbereen Arts Festival. Curated by: Tess Leak and Marie Brett, 2012
  •      Solstice Cork Midsummer Festival, The Elysian, Cork. Curated by: Aoife Flynn, 2012
  •          Live@8 on Tour The Exchange, Temple Bar, Dublin, 2011
  • Wrapping up for Christmas Gallery artists, Talbot Gallery, Dublin, 2011
  •      VUE: National Contemporary Art Fair RHA, Dublin. represented by Talbot Gallery, 2011
  •      Hammer and feather – experiments in space The Niland Gallery, Galway. Curated by Mary Conlon, 2011
  •      Re-fabrication Collaborative installation with Majella Dowdican, Live@8 on tour, Occupy Space, Limerick, 2011
  •      Ispini Agus Subh GMIT graduates of 2008 reunion. Lorg Printmakers Gallery, Galway. Curator: Aisling Bradley, 2011
  •      Tulca festival of Visual Arts The Niland Gallery, Galway. Curated by Michelle Browne, 2010
  •      Claremorris Open Exhibition 2010 Curated by Lisa Le Feuvre, 2010
  •      That robot aint candy With Shane O’Connor and Carolyn Walsh, Mad Art Gallery, Dublin, 2010
  •      Enrage Engage Studios members, White Room Gallery, Galway Arts Festival. Curator: Ian McInerney, 2010
  •      Outside: Insight Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill, Co Galway, 2010
  •      Dock Discourse 126 Gallery, Galway. Curated by Aoife Considine, 2010
  •      {un}familiar Galway Arts Centre. Curated by Maeve Mulrennan, 2010
  •      {un}familiar Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY USA. Curated by Maeve Mulrennan, 2010
  •      10×10 White Room Gallery, Galway, curated by Anna McCarthy, 2009
  •      Ealaion at Lunasa Galway Arts Centre, 2009
  •      Dock Discourse Launch Bar no. 8, Screening of videos by Cecilia Danell and Jennifer Cunningham, curated by Aoife Considine, 2009
  •      A Secret Place Engage art studios artists, during Galway Arts Festival, 2009
  •      Centre-Line Engage art studios artists, for the Volvo Oocean Race, curated by Victoria Mc Cormack, 2009
  •      126 Members show swap Catalyst arts, Belfast, 2009
  •      126 Members show 126 Gallery, Galway, 2009

  •      A space without rules, Live @ bar no.8 Video art screening as part of Tulca season of visual arts, Galway, 2008
  •      Cluain Mhuire Degree show 2008 Galway, 2008
  •      Claremorris Open Exhibition 2007 Curated by Ingrid Swenson, 2007
  •          Cluain Mhuire Degree Show 2007 Galway, 2007
  •      Claremorris Open Exhibition 2007 Curated by Ingrid Swenson, 2007
  •      Cluain Mhuire Degree Show 2007 Galway, 2007
  •      Test Site Year 3 paint students, Cluain Mhuire, Galway. Curated by Michael Dempsey, 2006
  •      GMIT Arts And Culture Week, Cluain Mhuire, Galway, 2006


  •  “Cecilia och Helga i duoutställning” Östgötatidningen Motalamagasinet Vecka 3 2014.
  •      “Duoutställning med rötter i Motala” Motala Tidning 11 January 2014.
  •      Kaleidoscope: Contemporary Art from EU Member States Exhibition Catalogue 2013.
  •      Abridged art/poetry journal 0-29 Primal issue, April 2013.
  •      Tulca Festival of Visual Arts Exhibition Catalogue 2012.
  •      “Cecilia Danell wins Visual Art Award” Irish Arts Review Spring issue (March-May) 2012.
  •      News and views Image Interiors & Living January/February 2012.
  •      Mats Persson, “Irländskt konstpris till Cecilia” Motala & Vadstena Tidning 28 December 2011.
  •      Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue 2010.
  •      An artist’s impression Art publication curated by Aideen Barry as part of ‘Dock Discourse’, Galway Independent       supplement, 9th June 2010.
  •      Brochure Issue two art publication produced by Niall Moore for A&G, 2008.
  •      GMIT Degree show catalogue 2008.
  •      Claremorris Open Exhibition Catalogue 2007.
  •      GMIT Degree Show Catalogue 2007.


  • Gunnar Lindqvist, “Vackra landskap och mörka träd” Östgöta Correspondenten 26th January 2014.
  •      Eileen Hutton, “Engage Art Studios Members ‘Latency.'” The Visual Artists’ News Sheet Issue 1 Jan-Feb 2013.
  •      Sinead Rice, “Council’s Visual Artist Award winner exhibits in Wexford'” The Wexford Echo Newspaper 4th December 2012, page 54.
  •      Sue Rainsford, “Cecilia Danell: The Consoling Dream Necessity at Talbot Gallery.” Paper Visual Arts Journal 9th April 2012.
  •      Jeanette Donnelly, “The award winners Derek Fortas and Cecilia Danell” January 2012.
  •      Aidan Dunne, “Elsewhere at Galway Arts Festival” The Irish Times 21st July 2010.
  •      Nancy keefe Rhodes, “Redhouse Irish: Galway Arts Centre returns a second year” Syracuse City Eagle 18th March 2010.
  •      Michaele Cutaya, “Degree show Critic’s choice”, Circa 125 – contemporary visual culture in Ireland, Autumn 2008 issue, page 62.


  • The OPW (Office Of Public Works) collection, Ireland
  • The Kelly Collection, Ireland
  • Wexford County Council Art Collection, Ireland
  • Motala Municipal Art Collection, Sweden
  • Private collections in Ireland and Sweden

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