As a child I created art to escape reality, as an adult to challenge it. The themes and ideas I have always been engaged with include childhood, family, nature, sexuality, gender, alienation, birth and death. Drawing from personal mythology I invent a visual language that describes the unsettling experiences of being human.
Over the past 10 years I have developed a harmonious system of interwoven practices. These include painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and live performance. Each visual idea that I conceive has its matched form, which is selected through firm intuition. Drawing has always been a type of skeleton to this process, which in turn informs my sculpture and live overhead projection performances.
In 1999 I created a particular form of audio-visual performance best described as a “live-drawing projected light show”. Using an overhead projector I hand-animate images that respond to and transform accompanying live music. The art consists of pre-drawn images, silouette cut-outs, coloured gels and live drawing with ink. The experience of working on stage in a music-show context is a crucial adjunct to my gallery practise, and offers a spontaneaity of response not otherwise found in the art world.
Since 2002 I have been researching and creating porcelain sculpture. I draw much inspiration from 18th century European figurines, which I both admire and subvert. I am currently creating a new porcelain series in response to the figure groupings of legendary Meissen sculptor J.J. Kaendler.
The otherworldly character of my subjects embraces the unknowable and sounds a challenge to the banal. Through honesty, humour and inspired confrontation I scheme to keep the spirit alive.
Artist Bio / CV
Shary Boyle is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Her work is known for its deeply personal and psychological content, which evokes the anxieties, desire and bittersweet fantasies of a feminist imagination. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada, Musee des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, and The Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland. Recent solo exhibitions include Noise Ghost, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; The Cave, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (2009); The Clearances, Space Gallery, London and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary (2008); The History of Light, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2007); Aspects of Excess, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (2007) and Lace Figures, The Power Plant, Toronto (2006). Boyle also collaborates with musicians to create “live-drawings” and has performed her work at All Tomorrows Parties (Los Angeles); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto); Olympia Theatre (Paris); Sonar Festival (Barcelona); Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York) and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). In 2008, Conundrum Press published Otherworld Uprising, a monograph of her art featuring essays by Ben Portis and Josée Drouin-Brisebois. The artist lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Shary Boyle is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.