Sonia Shiel's installations expand the spatial and temporal boundaries of painting and sculpture as objects, with performances that expose fictionalised subjectivities behind their creation, and those of their imagined makers. In a sense her works are all pretend. They diffuse the usual terms of authorship in being created from the point of view of her protagonists, who's artistic agency is at odds with the codes, rules, procedures and consequences of their respective worlds. Writing is a central material in this process. It allows her to synthesise object, image and sound in performative and immersive installations; using video works and animated sequences; audio-sculptural works; live multi-media performances, monologues and full-cast plays. She has had recent exhibitions at The Glucksman Gallery, Rua Red, The Crawford Gallery, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the ISCP, New York, The CableFactory Helsinki, Atelier Frankfurter and the Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Ireland, among others. Shiel has been the recipient many awards, and her work features in many international public and private collections, including the Arts Council, The City of Frankfurt, The Glucksman Gallery and the Office of Public Works. Sideways Mary and Other Contortions of Space Including a Rectangle, (2018) is a series of recent short stories that will be published by Parity Press, in 2018, and she has been awarded the Arts Council Visual Artists Bursary for 2018 - 2019.
Dublin, April, 2018.

CURRENT: 03:04:2018 - 22:07:2018
Current: DOUBLE TAKE: Collections and Context
The Glucksman Gallery, Cork until July 22, 2018,
Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney.




'Sonia Shiel' published by the RHA, Dublin. 2010
ISBN 1-903875-53-6
Available from the Royal Hibernian Academy Bookshop, the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery Bookshop