Shary Boyle is known internationally for her drawing, sculpture and painting and for her audio-visual performances. Informed by the deeply personal and fanciful, her work traverses the terrain from adolescent anxieties and desires to evocative, fairy-tale like realms.
She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1994. She has performed at VonRot GmbH, Berlin (2001), the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, Los Angeles (2002), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2004, 2006), the Olympia Theatre, Paris (2005), the Fonal Festival, Finland (2005), the Sonar Festival, Barcelona (2005), and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006, 2008). In 2006, Boyle formed Dark Hand and Lamplight with Doug Paisley as an opening act for musician Will Oldham's California tour.
Shary Boyle's lace-draped porcelain figurines, Untitled 2004, depict hybrid beings and strong metamorphoses. These figurines were featured in a solo exhibition at the Power Plant in Toronto in 2006. In the spring of 2008, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery presented an exhibition that explores the performative aspect of Shary Boyle's practice and that showcases her overhead projection works of the past ten years.
Publications of her work include The Story of Jane Doe (Random House, 2003), Witness My Shame (Conundrum Press, 2004), Kramer's Ergot #6 and # 7 (Buenaventura Press, 2006, 2008), Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story (AZX Publications, 2007), Furnish and Fragiles (Die Gestalten, 2007, 2008) The Believer magazine (McSweeney's Publishing, 2008), and the monograph Otherworld Uprising: Shary Boyle (Conundrum Press, 2008). In 2007, she received the Canada Council for the Arts International Studio Program residency at Space in London, UK.