Tactile Terrain

Luan Gallery, Athlone
12th February – 3rd April 2022.

Cecilia Danell began this body of work while on residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in early 2020 and continued through the pandemic, ending with a residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in November 2021. This time of introspection and enforced solitude has resulted in a deep engagement with painting, where the winter landscape further represents that sense of stillness. To counteract the feeling that you couldn’t touch anything, Danell has made soft, tangible textile objects, including a wall-mounted rug consisting of chunky yarn latch-hooked onto weldmesh and stuffed fabric branches and snow sticks. Her deep, first-hand engagement with the landscape lends itself to a tactile rendering of objects and scenes, as seen in her paint handling and hands-on process-based practice.