UPCOMING:

RECTANGLE, SQUARED.
CRAWFORD ART GALLERY, CORK.
8 September – 28 October

'Sonia Shiel's exhibition, Rectangle, squared, features large-scale paintings, punctuated by smaller scale sculptures and an accompanying text written by the artist. Shiel’s immersive works invite you to explore the illusory world in which a fictional artist finds herself. For example, in one ‘scene’, the artist is presented with a rectangle in which she is mistaken for a tree. In another, the bubble she has lived in literally bursts open, and she sees the world as if for the first time.  Shiel's far-fetched work contemplates the mundane drama of living and various traditions of story-telling. Bold, yet enigmatic, her works conjure theatrical connotations both through their life-size scale, and in their staged scenarios. Shiel's monologue provides additional context to the works' materiality, both real and imagined, and ultimately explores what it means to be creative. Rectangle, squared exaggerates a sense of the quizzical and mischievousness that we encounter in our everyday lives while trying to make sense of our surroundings.'
Dawn Williams, Curator.

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