Shary Boyle, ‘Centaur’, 2017, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain

About Shary Boyle

Shary Boyle’s fantastical and frightening characters are indeterminately human and animal, male and female, young and old. Together they comprise a cast that acts out Boyle’s scenes exploring class and gender injustice, vulnerability, relationships, and sexuality. While she works in multiple mediums, Boyle is best known for her porcelain figurines, light-based installations, and performances. Recurring motifs in her work include ancient architecture and elements from nature; to produce her fictional and symbolic imagery, she prefers to work with natural or organic materials, like porcelain and bronze. “I’m really interested in some form of invented essentialism,” Boyle once said. “I like to look at the root causes of things.” Boyle has also collaborated with several musicians for her performances, including Peaches and Feist.

Canadian, b. 1972