Born in 1972 in Comox, British Columbia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Shannon Bool is inspired by literature, psychology, art history and decoration, among other topics, and she often works with unusual processes such as silk painting, photograms or collaboration with female prisoners. A 2004 master’s graduate of Germany’s prestigious Städelschule, Bool has a practice that draws on art-historical studies of surface and ornamentation. In her drawings, sculptures, photo works and videos, decorative patterns—ranging from Aztec-themed designs for hotel carpets to zebra stripes—become key elements to disrupt and renegotiate perspective, both spatially and emotionally. Her work was featured in Phaidon’s 2005 anthology Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing and has shown widely in international venues, including CRAC Alsace, Bonner Kunstverein, MMK Museum für Modern Kunst, Sprengel Museum and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.
Photo of Shannon Bool with works from her Gitterskulpturen series (2012) in the exhibition hall of Villa Romana, Florence, Italy, taken in April 2013 by Giulia Del Piero for the Summer 2013 issue of Canadian Art