About

Cecilia Jansson is known for her well-crafted sculptures and large scale embroidery. She exhibited at the Swatch pavilion at the 2015 Venice biennale, OpenArt Biennale Sweden and Gallery Art Labor Shanghai. She has been a head teacher in sculpture at Örebro Art College and a guest lecturer at Yunnan Arts Institute, China. She was awarded with Örebro County culture prize 2015. Recent residencies includes Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai, The Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, NARS Foundation NY and most recently SVA Summer residency NYC.

She is represented by Gallery Art Labor in Shanghai.

Artist statement

Behind my artistic practice lies an impulse to point out structures in society. Common behavior hides preconceptions and prejudices, as we sort each other into groups. Our basic need to put labels on people is worth investigating. What purposes do these labels serve?

I express myself mainly through drawing and sculpture. I often utilize time consuming techniques such as hand building porcelain, silk-thread stitching, carving large objects out of Styrofoam, or welding small pieces of metal into monumental structures.

Once I come up with an idea for a new project, I make a plan, which I follow strictly until the look and feel of the result corresponds with my original idea. I rarely make any changes during this process. On the other hand, unless an idea for a new artwork makes me uncertain of whether I will actually be able to produce the work or not, I lose interest. I like to put myself in unfamiliar situations, working in unaccustomed cultural contexts or with new materials. The things I already know become tools for exploring things of which I have no knowledge.