Toronto-born artist Shary Boyle works in many art mediums. She draws, sculpts, writes, performs, makes films, and creates installation art. She often collaborates (or creates together) with other artists.
Her artwork connects to many kinds of storytelling. It uses parts of history, myth, modern culture, and folk art to tell new, imaginative stories. Often, she takes something we recognize and makes it strange by changing it in surprising ways. Many of her artworks involve the human body, especially women’s bodies. The eerie changes she makes to the human body can make the viewer feel uncomfortable. This discomfort can help people to think about social issues. For example, her works make us think about the rights people have to their own bodies and sexualities, women’s rights, colonialism, and racism.
Shary studied at the Ontario College of Art in 1994. She also received an honourary Doctor of Fine Arts from the same school in 2021. Her artwork is shown all over the world. She even represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2013 with her exhibition Music for Silence.