ABOUT

Cecilia Westerberg is a visual artist living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work focuses on drawing, conceptual artists’ books and 2D animation, and is deeply inspired by the concept of time. One of her greatest passions is working on site-specific projects that are heavily research-based, where she can excavate stories from the past and transform them into drawings and moving images that reflect the present. Cecilia Westerberg’s work is often highly detailed, utilizing minute, repetitive mark-making techniques. Her work is largely figurative and always has a narrative.

“I am fascinated by a sensual perception of the world and an intuitive understanding of its interconnectivity. Visual expressions that are transparent intrigue me, and transparency as an expressive form infuses all that I create. Transparency allows for a layering effect. Each layer impacts the next. The surface of the work is enriched by the multi-faceted nature of what lies beneath. Transparency is a visual expression of Time itself. We are – in the end – the sum of all of our experiences, although only a fraction of those experiences remain visible to the eye.”

 

CONTACT

Cecilia Westerberg
info@ceciliawesterberg.com
Phone: +45 20 91 90 97
Studio in Raadvad, 2800 Lyngby

 

BIOGRAPHY

Cecilia Westerberg
Born 1967 in Copenhagen.

 

 

SOLO SHOWS

2020
Herbarium – A conversation with plants, Augustiana Artpark and gallery

The Alchemist’s Laboratory, Malmoe Art Museum, Sweden

The Alchemist’s Laboratory, J.F. Willumsen Museum, Frederikssund, Denmark

2019
The Alchemist’s Laboratory, Vejle Art Museum, Denmark
The Alchemist’s Laboratory, Skovgaard Museet, Viborg, Denmark 

2018
The Alchemist’s Laboratory, Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, Hjørring, Denmark

2016
Here Be Dragons, Duet with Stine Gonsholt, Spriten Kunsthall, Skien, Norway

2013
Atlas over Small and Large Observations, Trondheim Art Museum, Norway
Atlas over Small and Large Observations, The Danish Graphic Association, Cph. DK

2011
Point of Origin, outdoor site specific animation, Vesterbro, Cph. DK

2010
Illumination, site specific animation in three windows, Blågårds Plads, Cph. DK
Cecilia Westerberg animation, Sörlandets Art Museum, Kristiansand, Norway

2008
Darkness Moves, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt, Germany
Looking For Lara, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Valby. DK

2007
Cry Me a River, Aura Konstförening, Lund, Sweden

2006
What Comes Around Goes Around, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Valby. DK
Nattesværmeri, Toldkammeret, Børnekulturcentret, Elsinor, DK

2005
Cecilia Westerberg, The Danish Graphic Association, Cph, DK
Nattesværmeri, Aura Konstförening, Lund, Sweden

2004
Nattesværmeri, Stalke Galleri, Cph, DK

 

GROUP SHOWS

2020 NEWMEDIAFEST 2020, Wake-Up – Climate change/Germany In collaboration with Stine Gonsholt

2019
Drawing Attention, Den Frie Sammenslutning, Den Frie Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen

Taletid af Efterkommere. A Groupshow with 100 women. Rønnebæksholm Art Center, Næstved

2018
Cph Flipbook Nest, Malmø Kunsthall, Sweden
Kortfilmfestival 30. Minimalen, Trondheim, Norway

2017
Greenlightdistrict?, collaboration with Stine Gonsholt, Kunsthall Grenland, Porsgrunn, Norway
StedSans, Gammelgaard Kunst og Kulturcenter, Herlev, Denmark
Follow the Vikings, visual roadshow, touring 12 cities in Europe, The National Museum of Denmark.

2016
Opslag – Nedslag, danske kunstnerbøger, Den Sorte Diamant. Copenhagen, Dk
I skovens dybe stille ro, exhibition for children, Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg, Dk
Bokkunst, Artist’ books exhibition, Bomuldsfabriken, Arendal, Norway
“S.O.S.  Save Our Souls. Art in a time of Urgencies” New Media Art, Ewha University Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
List í Ljósi – International Light Festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2015
Commissioned site specific animation for Blinc, Outdoor Digital Art Festival, Adelaide Art Festival, Australia

2014
Vintersol – en sanselig udstilling for børn og voksne, Sophienholm, Lyngby, DK
Touring exhibition of 200 Artists’ Books,  Svend’s Library, Nivågaard Malerisamling, Bakkehusmuseet, DK
Is it a plane, Søby, Outdoor site specific exhibition, Ærø, DK
HURRA! Pop-up gallery, L.A, USA

2013
Between Reality and Utopia, Erik Weie, Olafur Eliasson, Lærke Laute, Carina Zunino. Esbjerg Art Museum, Esbjerg, DK

2012
The Summer Journey, Skovgaard Museum, Viborg, DK
Heimkoma, Sound stories and animation, The National Museum, Reykjavik, Island
The King, Blinc Digital Arts Festival, Conwy Castle, Wales, UK
Belief, Golden Days Festival, video screening at Ordrupgaard Museum, DK
Faith and Fiction, Animated installations, PNCA College of Art, Portland, Oregon, USA
Art & Text, artists’ books, Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Cph, DK

2010
The Summer Journey, Munkeruphus curated by Museet uden Mure. DK
Distributed Ink Gallery, LA, USA. Curator Johanne Løgstrup

2009
Little Gods, Hybrid Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
Patterns in Nature, Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen, Germany
Home Sweet Home, Public video screenings, Auckland City council, New Zealand
Palle’s Grandchildren, 30 originale artists’ books, Clausens Kunsthandel, Cph, DK

2007
Demonstration of Power, curator Alexander Tovborg, Kronborg Castle, Elsinor, Dk
Sommer, Sonne, Mond und Sterne, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Mannheim, Germany
Volta 03 Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
100 dage – 100 video, Kunstforeningen Gl Strand, Cph, DK

2006
Ten om Fourth, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Cph, DK
Girls after Boys, Mønstings Hus, Cph, DK
100 tage – 100 videos, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Germany

2005
Amazing grace, animations, Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Cph, DK
About time, video, Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, DK
Telltail, Ewha University Art Center, Seoul, South Korea

1999
The Sun was Shining Upside-down, Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Cph, DK
Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UK

 

ARTISTS’ BOOKS

Three in one, flipbook, 2018
Here be Dragons, flipbook serie, published by Spriten Forlag, 2016
Atlas of Small and Large Observations, 28 pages. hardcover, 2015
Livet er alvorligt, men ikke sørgeligt, i fodsporene på Johan Thomas Lundbye, 2014
Map of Ærø, stories from Ærø, 2014
The Summer Journey– Cecilia Westerberg, 2012
HE, SHE, HER, 2011
Momenti Mori, Flip Book, 2011
Post it, 2009

 

CROSSOVER COLLABORATIONS

Dyr med næb ordnet efter antal vinger, digital videobook text by author Birgitte Krogsbøll, Touchbook, 2017
You only See Yourself, illustrations for interactive digital book by author Merete Pryds Helle, 2016
Kulør, paint with artists, painting book for adults, Politikens Forlag. May 2016
Music videos for the band Er de sjældne (Lone Hørslev and Solveig Sandnes), 2009, 2013

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

Awarded working Grants in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2006, 2001, 2000 by The Danish Arts Foundation
Grants  for production of new work supported by The Danish Arts Foundation in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013,2014,2015,2016,2018
Awarded Travel Grants by the Danish Art Council 2014, 2012, The Toyota Fondation, SCANDINAVIA-JAPAN SASAKAWA FOUNDATION
Awarded by the Danish Arst Foundation in Open Call3 for art in public spaces 2009
Victor & Marie Haagen Müllers Award of Honour 2010
Nordic Culture Point travel grant 2016, Nifca Travel Grants 2000 and 2001

 

CURATING

Hybrids, Three exhibitions with artists’s books from the collection at The Royal Danish Art Library in Copenhagen. The exhibitions were a collaboration between curator, writer and researcher Thomas Hvid Kromann,  2015
Jfr. Tilhør, curation of a Nordic exhibition with artist Carina Zunino. The exhibition was shown in Copenhagen and in Oslo, 2000

 

RESIDENCIES

AIR 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo 2017 supported by the Danish Arts Foundation
Residency in Rome at Circolo Scandinavo in 2012 and 2013
Summer residency in Palazzo Rinaldi in Noepoli, Italy, 2014
Residency at San Cataldo, Amalfi, Italy, 2008
Åland Archipelago Guest Artist’s Residency 2007
Workshop Residency at The National Workshop for Arts and Craft in Copenhagen 2019, 2018, 2014, 2011, 2007

 

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