Cecilia Jonsson (b.1980, Sweden) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores reminiscence between the different departments of scientific and cultural knowledge in order to understand the world of nature and our relationship to it. In the light of the ecological crisis, her interest is in the terrain within which enabled as well as constrained ideas of nature (i.e. humans, nonhuman organisms and inorganic chemistry) form (or, are formed), and as medium through which ideas in accordance with sociopolitical and cultural means could begin to reform.
Inspired by scientific methods and site-specific navigation, her installations, sculptures, video and sound works often portray concrete manifestations of processes and phenomena of nature. Her projects develop as investigations of physical and ideological properties of the raw materials that form the basis of human existence, from origins deep in the earth, to the extraction, transformation and global exploitation. By coordinating objective research methods with personal subjective experience, her work fuses biology and history with a materiality that intersects arts, sciences, technology and ecological awareness in a contemporary alchemy.
Since receiving a MFA from the Bergen Academy of Art and the Nordic Sound Art program in 2012 Jonsson has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Her artistic work has received international mentions and awards such as VIDA 16.0 Art & Artificial Life International Awards (2014), the Bio Art & Design Awards (2016), the Prix Ars Electronica, Hybrid Art (2017) and COAL Art and Environmental Prize (2018). She has been commissioned to make works for the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, the Dark Ecology project, Singuhr – projects, Volt, SALT and a permanent public artwork for Hordaland County Council, among others. Jonsson currently lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Bergen, Norway.