Shary Boyle’s practice impressively integrates multiple elements: the personal and the political; the emotional and the intellectual; the expansive and the focused; and the abject and the mainstream. Early works include drawings and hand-bound books based on ideas of childhood, power, gender and sexuality, while later works—created after mastering the technically challenging genre of porcelain sculpture—include critiques of art history, colonialism and institutionalized spirituality. Through many genres and mediums (including large-scale installations, paintings and collaborations with musicians such as Feist and Peaches) Boyle adheres to the importance of articulating an inner voice, be it diaristic or discursive—or, more often, both. Shary Boyle was born in Scarborough in 1972 and studied at the Ontario College of Art, graduating in 1994. A winner of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Boyle was shortlisted for the 2009 Sobey Art Award and has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She was included at the 2010 Canadian Biennial and represented Canada at the 2013 Venice Biennale. (Bio from Canadian Art).
Joseph M. Sánchez is an American artist from Trinidad, Colorado, by way of the White Mountain Apache Reservation and Taos Pueblo. A leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s, Joseph has worked with hundreds of artists creating work, developing exhibitions, and advocating for the rights of minority artists, most importantly with the Professional Native Indian Artists (Native Group of Seven). A spiritual surrealist, Joseph's work is sensual and dreamlike, provocative and thought-inducing. Still producing work, and exhibiting across the United States and Canada, Joseph M Sánchez is simultaneously a community elder, and an instigator at the front lines of the battle for the creation of art and how we define it as a culture.