SONIA SHIEL

RECTANGLE, SQUARED.
CRAWFORD ART GALLERY, CORK.

Sonia Shiel's exhibition, Rectangle, Squared, features large-scale paintings, punctuated by smaller sculptures and the surreal story of their fabrication.

Rectangle Squared, 2017, explores the illusory world in which an artist is presented with an opportunity to make something important. The artist's monologue is articulated in many voices, that conjure the materiality of an imaginary space. In it, theatrical, cultural and art historical tropes are obscured in the roots of trees, friendship and fireworks. The artist's journey is shaped by absurd procedural impositions and her surreal attempts to escape them - whilst confronting in equal measure, the adversities and hopes of everyday survival and her longing to be understood.

This work has been completed with the support of the UCD Artist in Residence Program, NCAD's Incubation Residency, the Arts Council and DLRCoCo.

Performed by Sonia Shiel and The Avocado Project Ensemble.
Voices by Laura Cummins; Sara French; Daniel McNamara; Tzarini Meyler and Shelly Harder.
Written and narrated by Sonia Shiel.

Installation shots, The Crawford Gallery, Cork, 2017.
Audio work duration: 01:00:00. mp3.©
All works: Dimensions variable, oil on canvas, wood and sponge; parabolic speaker, mp3.©


Still Life, with Window, 2017 Still Life, with Plan, 2017 Still Life, with Stairs, 2017 Still Life, with Stairs, 2017 Still Life, with Empty Nest, 2017 Still Life, with Forest, 2017 Still Life, with Breadcrumbs, 2017 Still Life, with Still-Lives, 2017 Still Life, with Think-Tank, 2017 Still Life, with Bouquet, 2017 Still Life, with Bouquet, 2017 Still Life, with Dogs, 2017 Still Life, with Bouquet, 2017 Still Life, with Nudes, 2017 Still Life, with Roots, 2017 Rectangle Squared, 2017 - AudioMp3©