Sonia Shiel at The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
9th September – 28th October, 2017
Sonia Shiel’s exhibition Rectangle, squared. invites the viewer into a series of performative spaces, where-in the action is painted, built, written, presented, intimated or provoked in chapters titled by shape and interspersed with props, some still, some moving. The exhibition tells the story of a fictional artist’s surreal encounters with the illusory world she finds herself in, and the tremendous challenges it throws her. Shiel’s work contemplates the mundane drama of living, in a series of large scale works that appear to be peripatetic but are connected through their surreal narrative imagery. Bold, yet enigmatic, Shiel’s works conjures theatrical connotations both through their life-size scale, and in their staged scenarios which allow us to interrogate, dream and hold empathy with the characters portrayed by the artist.
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Image: Sonia Shiel, Still Life with Bouquet, 2017