SONIA SHIEL

It would scarcely be paradoxical to say that a flash of lightning itself, travelling forever upon the circumference of this unutterable circle, would still, forever, be travelling in a straight line. That the path of our Sun in such an orbit would, to any human perception, deviate in the slightest degree from a straight line, even in a million of years, is a proposition not to be entertained:—yet we are required to believe that a curvature has become apparent during the brief period of our astronomical history—during a mere point—during the utter nothingness of two or three thousand years.

From Eureka, "An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe" by Edgar A. Poe, 1848, alternately sub-titled a prose poem.

Sonia Shiel's exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, compresses itself and the navigation of its space into a short poem on a nocturnal eternity. The deep shadows and foreboding skies of her moot nocturnal paintings for 'Here, while the bees are sleeping,' convey surreal encounters with natural phenomena in a hyper-luminous world. Besieged by a suite of classic horror tropes, her domestic forms take on metaphysical dimensions as honey drips and stars flare; amorphous bodies twist; and unlikely portals dissolve worry into wonder and landscape into room.

Here, while the bees are sleeping

'Here, while the bees are sleeping' is accompanied with an exhibition text by Mary Cremin, independent curator and writer.

Much of the work for this exhibition has been kindly supported by the Irish Museum of Modern Art's Artist Residency Program.

The exhibition continues, April 30th -May 30th 2015 at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

Sonia Shiel received the 2014 Arts Council's Project Award, with which she completed the Art & Law Fellowship Program at Fordham Law School while participating on the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, followed by a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and has since been awarded the Arts Council's Artist Bursary, 2015. Forthcoming solo shows include a new pubication project with FLOOD, Dublin as well as exhibitions in New York and Beijing. Recent exhibitions include The Crawford Gallery, Cork; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Rua Red, Dublin, ISCP, New York; The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker Kulturamt, Frankfurt; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; FOUR, Dublin and The RHA Gallery I and II, Dublin, other shows include The Glue Factory, Glasgow; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Atelier Frankfurt and TBG+S, Dublin. Shiel has been the recipient of many competitive awards including the Hennessy Craig Award; The Tony O'Malley Award; HIAP; Centre Culturel Irlandais, the TBG+S Frankfurt exchange program and Banff Centre for the Arts, Leighton Residency Award, Canada. Her works are in public and private collections including the Arts Council of Ireland and the Office of Public Works.