Kitty Surprise, B&V

Guen Montgomery (Urbana, IL)


Chiefly I am interested in the complexity and inherent theatricality of real and imagined human characters. I focus specifically on the identities of my rural appalachian family members, and the varied identities which haunt the words queer, lesbian, and femme. I’ve found that working in only one medium doesn’t satisfy my desire to express different thoughts in different ways. To investigate my areas of interest I cross disciplines, negotiating between printmaking, fibers, sculpture and performance. I tend to work on more than one project at once, simultaneously producing prints and experimenting with sculptural forms. Ultimately, I use visually seductive images, textures and forms to create hybrid pieces that are motivated by family, history, and identity discourse.

Guen Montgomery is an artist and performer whose work investigates identity in terms of gender, femininity, femme sexuality, and family mythology. Currently living and working in Urbana, IL, Guen teaches in the art foundations program as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Guen received her BFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2012 Guen and her colleagues transformed an abandoned vacuum repair shop into the Vacuum Shop Studios, a new collaborative studio space for artists, performers, and designers in Knoxville, Tennessee. Guen’s work, which frequently centers around printmaking, performance, and installation, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and was recently included in the 10th National Print Competition at the Turner Print Museum, judged by Anne Collins Goodyear.