Art in Focus – The Drenched Forest by Cecilia Danell

All is not what it seems in Galway-based Swedish painter’s forested landscapes

The Drenched Forest, 2018 (oil and acrylic on canvas, 120x120cm), Cecilia Danell. Image courtesy the artist.

The Drenched Forest, 2018 (oil and acrylic on canvas, 120x120cm), Cecilia Danell. Image courtesy the artist.

What is it?

The Drenched Forest is a 2018 painting by Cecilia Danell.

How was it done?

The Drenched Forest is from a body of work rooted in the landscape around her family farm in Sweden. She documents her walks in maps, photographs and notes. Although all of this material, plus memory, informs her painting, once the process of using oil paint in the studio begins, she finds the experience of the process just as relevant to the work she is making. Her images are representational and direct, straightforward accounts of what is there, not photographic and perhaps slightly simplified for the sake of graphic clarity – and to underline that we are looking at something fabricated.

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