Shannon is a Dublin based artist. Her work explores humour and satire of political figures and figures of authority, amplifying the intrigue and interest of her audience. She utilises dark humour and reality to create critical and humorous messages. The paintings she makes undermine connections with the history of traditional painting and portraiture.
In the history of painting, refined and flattering portraits are traditional. The work turns this notion on its head. Her portraits undermine the person’s authority and status, linking her work with the historical tradition and contemporary notions of mockery. Shannon places figures of authority in scenarios one wouldn’t normally view them in, triggering a sense of confusion or questioning in her audience. The visual material, subject and conceptual concerns are fuelled by the media machine that never stops giving, and she is fascinated with how politicians and figures of authority react, behave and comment on the current world crisis.