Futures Series 3 Episode 2

Curated by: Patrick T Murphy and Ruth Carroll
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 16th November - 19th December 2018.

Bassam Al-Sabah, Cecilia Danell, Laura Fitzgerald, Jennifer Mehigan, Joanne Reid and Marcel Vidal.

This exhibition was the second in the third series of Futures, a sequence of exhibitions that endeavors to document and contextualise the work of early career artists, around who exists a growing critical and curatorial consensus. The artists in Futures, Series 3, Episode 2 were selected from various artist-led initiatives, group shows and over a series of studio visits undertaken in the last 18 months by Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director and Ruth Carroll, Curator.

Cecilia Danell's current body of paintings 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. 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.

"The texture of the painted line is superb, the stroke satisfying, the composition and colour choices sublime"
- Cristin Leach, Sunday Times Culture, 25/11/18.

"The unreliability of memory, the vulnerability of the natural world, the simple fact of impermanence: her paintings comfortably accommodate many layers and lines of interpretation"
- Aidan Dunne, Irish Times 27/11/18


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