Dead Her, 2018.
Void, Derry.

Total Duration: (00:31:47) Colour, no sound. Recorded performance and appropriated footage and live performance - external synchronised live narrated audio. Microphone, speakers and projector.

Shiel's works synthesise object, image and sound in performative and immersive installations. Dead Her is written, directed and performed by the artist in a narrated sequence of synchronised and interwoven, audio-cum-visual punchlines. In Dead Her, 2018, the central protagonist is a woman, who half-way through her life undergoes treatment to attain a fuller, more meaningful smile. She tells of being confronted at each appointment by rules, and then by a younger man - who lives outside of them. Dead Her is a ghost story, a romance, a mystery and a thriller in which a series of everyday misunderstandings with authorities implicates the protagonist in a crime of passion, that only her authenticity as an artist will absolve her from - if she can believe in it.

Curated by Mary Cremin.