Please join us for the final event of the "Animal Turn" Research cluster this semester---an informal discussion with two fabulous visual artists on the UIUC faculty whose work intersects with the more-than-human realm: Guen Montgomery and Emmy Lingscheit. They'll discuss some of their artwork, their process, and their ideas about entanglements with the more-than-human as we celebrate the end of the term with the delights and provocations of the visual.
The event will be hosted by Jamie Jones and Jane Desmond, co-conveners of the Animal Turn Research Cluster, with thanks to HRI!
Emmy Lingscheit is an Associate professor of Printmaking in the UIUC School of Art Design. Her research explores our enmeshments with the non-human world, from the cellular level to global economic scale, and their implications for the ecological and social challenges we collectively face. Her prints, drawings, zines, and sculptural works examine the teeming strangeness, cooperation, and competition of the biological world, and their parallels in human society. Through irony and visual pleasure these works aim to disrupt systems and imagine ways to salvage hope, shelter, and community in this time of rapid environmental change and geopolitical upheaval.
Guen Montgomery, Teaching Associate Professor in the UIUC School of Art and Design, is an artist and performer whose work is located in the intersections between printmaking, performance, and sculpture. She investigates identity through studies of gender, regional narrative, and family mythology with a focus on the queer life of things and acts of acquisition. She says:" My work is wound up with the complicated lives of things. My interest in material culture stems from my family’s fraught relationship to objects and the non-human: all is coveted, collected, hoarded and hidden away."