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MEET GRAD EX 2013 MEDAL WINNER, SHANNON LEA DOYLE (SCULPTURE/INSTALLATION)

Shannon Lea Doyle at Grad Ex 2013. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Shannon Lea Doyle at Grad Ex 2013. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Video image still from Shannon Lea Doyle's project, Crowds and Collisions. Image by Shannon Lea Doyle.
Video image still from Shannon Lea Doyle's project, Crowds and Collisions. Image by Shannon Lea Doyle.

Shannon Lea Doyle’s medal award-winning project, Crowds and Collisions is a multimedia work that explores moments of connection and distance between individuals. Here’s how she describes it:

My thesis is a series called Crowds and Collisions that includes performance, collage, and beaded sculptures. The work centres on the role mediation and memory play in the perception of events, both removed and intimately experienced. I argue for the multiplicity of truth. A sense of suspension permeates the work. I never pin down an answer, instead the work illuminates the ways in which we don’t know. Images of groups are the connective tissue of my work — I see in them as an opportunity to consider oppositions such as merger and distance, cohesion and fragmentation. My thesis aims to engage the viewer by prompting doubt.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

Images from the newspaper as well as amateur video footage of “breaking news” became the roots of this series. Specifically images of protest, disaster and football motivated my thinking. 

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I learned continuously during the past year, but an awareness of that knowledge came after exhibiting the work. 

What part of the process of creating this project are you the most proud of?

I am proud that the process is not over for me. 

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I was disoriented. I got lost on my way to the Faculty of Art Office to pick up information about Grad Ex.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

My fondest memories are of my wickedly smart classmates, I will miss working alongside them so often. 

What are you planning to do next? 

I am preparing work for a couple of shows this summer and working in the design stream of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy. 

Find out more about Shannon Lea Doyle:

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Shannon Lea Doyle at Grad Ex 2013. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Video image still from Shannon Lea Doyle's project, Crowds and Collisions. Image by Shannon Lea Doyle.

Shannon Lea Doyle’s medal award-winning project, Crowds and Collisions is a multimedia work that explores moments of connection and distance between individuals. Here’s how she describes it:

My thesis is a series called Crowds and Collisions that includes performance, collage, and beaded sculptures. The work centres on the role mediation and memory play in the perception of events, both removed and intimately experienced. I argue for the multiplicity of truth. A sense of suspension permeates the work. I never pin down an answer, instead the work illuminates the ways in which we don’t know. Images of groups are the connective tissue of my work — I see in them as an opportunity to consider oppositions such as merger and distance, cohesion and fragmentation. My thesis aims to engage the viewer by prompting doubt.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

Images from the newspaper as well as amateur video footage of “breaking news” became the roots of this series. Specifically images of protest, disaster and football motivated my thinking. 

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I learned continuously during the past year, but an awareness of that knowledge came after exhibiting the work. 

What part of the process of creating this project are you the most proud of?

I am proud that the process is not over for me. 

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

I was disoriented. I got lost on my way to the Faculty of Art Office to pick up information about Grad Ex.

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

My fondest memories are of my wickedly smart classmates, I will miss working alongside them so often. 

What are you planning to do next? 

I am preparing work for a couple of shows this summer and working in the design stream of Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy. 

Find out more about Shannon Lea Doyle:

Portfolio