Outside the Palace of Me: Shary Boyle

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In Outside the Palace of Me, internationally renowned Canadian multidisciplinary artist Shary Boyle offers a powerful look at how we see and imagine ourselves and each other. This book, based on the touring museum exhibition of the same name, reflects on global and individual struggles of identity to wonder at the possibilities of a just, joyous, and collective future. Presenting masterful ceramics and watercolours as well as animatronics of dizzying proportions and a dazzling spectrum of handcraft, Boyle has created a visionary new project merging the languages of carnival, theatre, and the art museum, inviting readers to reflect on their roles in, and responses to, the most urgent questions of our time.

Shary Boyle (b.1972) lives and works in Toronto. Her practice considers the social history of ceramic figurines, animist mythologies, and folk art forms. Deeply imaginative and highly crafted, Boyle’s works are activated through collaboration and mentorship. In 2013 she represented Canada at the 55th Venice Biennale.

This book, created and published by the Art Canada Institute, marks the exhibition Outside the Palace of Me, produced for the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, and presented at The Rooms, Newfoundland, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.      

– Die-cut linen hardcover case with satin ribbon closure and 12 mirrored die-cut chapter openers
– A double gatefold of Shary Boyle’s epic multi-component work of sculpture The Procession
– Sewn-in booklet featuring a dialogue between Shary Boyle and Crystal Mowry, Director of Programs, MacKenzie Art Gallery
– Visual Index of the artist’s photographic and art historical references, featuring ten original texts by Shary Boyle about key artworks in the exhibition Outside the Palace of Me 


Edited by Sara Angel, Jocelyn Anderson, Stephanie Burdzy, Rosie Prata, Tara Ng, Diane Pellicone & Simone Wharton
Essays by Sequoia Miller, Shary Boyle & Crystal Mowry

177 pages
11.88 x 9.5 inches
ISBN 9781487102562
150 full colour images
Art Canada Institute