Sonia Shiel



Kunstverein Aughrim is working with artist Sonia Shiel throughout 2023.

Sonia Shiel is a visual artist currently living in Dublin. Shiel’s near-sentient artworks are often free-standing; traversable; presented with their own volition, backstory or environment; and sometimes consolidated within installations that use scripted audio-work, performance, or video. Shiel’s paintings are other-times framed, stuffed or folded; and used variously as themselves; façades; and props, with shape-shifting properties. Her exhibitions synthesise object, image and sound to create immersive landscapes that, whilst being physically identifiable as a domain or province of something otherworldly, materialise their own theoretical jurisdiction by choreographing a collusive relationship with their audience - that might be otherwise described as a folie à deux, or a madness shared by two.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Void Gallery, Derry; The Crawford Gallery, Cork; The RHA Gallery, Dublin; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; The Cable Factory, Helsinki; and Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; and live performances at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios; The Observatory, UCD; NCAD Gallery, Dublin; the Treeline Circe Pavilion, Dublin; and Art Box, Dublin. Recent Group shows include the 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb; the DLR Lexicon, Dublin;The Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork; the ISCP, New York; Pallas Contemporary Projects and Periodical Review #7, Dublin; Rua Red, Dublin; Atelier, Frankfurt; and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; among others. Shiel is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.

Kunstverein Aughrim’s collaboration with Sonia Shiel is made possible with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.