The work of Sonia Shiel is not easily categorised spanning as it does painting, video and installation. This diversity of approach is a valid strategy in today’s world where the access to electronic technologies is as readily available to the individual artist as a tube of paint. What pulls them together within Shiel’s work is her emphasis on process, on play. Everything is moving, careening with curiosity, skill and humour to uncover the banal and the epic.
Extract from ‘Handmade – Sonia Shiel, an impression’, Patrick T. Murphy, August 2007.
This body of new work will see Shiel make use of everyday materials to build literal fabrications of ‘lofty’ notions. Her shambolic constructions simultaneously rouse and abandon ideas of ceremony, pomp and ego. They merge video, sculpture and paintings to expose subjects associated with the world’s make-up and by revealing their own, assume the subject of creativity itself.
Shiel completed an MA in Visual Art Practice in IADT, in 2007 and since then has had solo exhibitions in The Cable Factory, Helsinki, the Roscommon Arts Centre, FOUR, Dublin and most recently at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. Group shows include I Can|Can I? On Painting and Potentiality’ at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Phoenix Park at the Kerlin Gallery, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Ard Bia, Berlin and PREVIEW, Berlin.