In Shannon Bool’s works the body becomes the central “area of the images”. Her interest is based on the concept of the “Lived Body,” a term coined by the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty contending that external reality and subjective identity are the reciprocal result of bodily experience and action in space. A crucial role in this regard is played by the adaptation of history and the production techniques of the most various cultural spheres, ranging from the corporeal processes of sculpture and painting all the way to the generation of synthetic, digital image worlds.
Born 1972, Shannon Bool has been living in Germany since 2001. She is professor of Painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz, Germany. Her works are part of renowned museum collections such as Kunstmuseum Bonn, Metropolitan Museum New York, LBBW Collection, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Collection of the Federal Estate of Germany, Lenbachhaus Munich or The National Gallery of Canada. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston (2020), The Kunstverein Braunschweig, Centre Culturel Canadien in Paris (both 2019), Musée Joliette Canada (2018). She has participated at internationally renowned group exhibitions such as „Germany is no Island“ at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, „I am a Problem“ at Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt (2017), „Mentally Yellow“ at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2017), La Biennale de Montréal and at „In the Picture: Overpainted Photography“ at Sprengel Museum Hannover (2019).