Shary Boyle is a Canadian ceramic art creator that surprise us with peculiar ceramic dolls in different weird occasions.
Her practice impressively integrates multiple elements: the personal and the political; the emotional and the intellectual; the expansive and the focused; and the abject and the mainstream. Through many genres and mediums (including large-scale installations, paintings and collaborations with musicians such as Feist and Peaches) Boyle adheres to the importance of articulating an inner voice, be it diaristic or discursive—or, more often, both.
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. 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.”
Shary Boyle was born in Scarborough in 1972 and studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1994. A winner of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Boyle was shortlisted for the 2009 Sobey Art Award and has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She even represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale.