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MFA Exhibition at AMUM Runs through January 9 University News
For release: December 7, 2009

For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164

Corpus (Bi-Sect), the University of Memphis 2009 MFA exhibition features works by master of fine arts candidates Sarah Boyce and Sunny Montgomery. The exhibition will be on display through January 9.

Sunny Montgomery, "Ouch- A Tale of Injury" (Detail)

Sarah Boyce's paintings present imagery taken from horror and exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s. "I grew up watching the edited versions of these movies and they have remained a significant influence in my artwork as an adult," Boyce notes. By taking scenes of campy horror and fake violence out of context and converting them into large-scale paintings, Boyce hopes to present an image that is both compelling and slightly disturbing. The endless human fascination with violent imagery is examined in her paintings, as well as issues of gender, viewing, high art and low culture.

Often beginning her work with a sketchbook, Sunny Montgomery draws from sources as varied as Ripley's Believe it or Not, factory farming, her own collection of odd and precious items, and the "theatre of memory." She uses the sketchbook as an end unto itself as well as a jumping off point for drawings, paintings and installations. She uses ornithological subject matter to explore the intersection of the natural history museum, kitsch, and the slaughterhouse.  Her current body of work seeks to negotiate the tension between science and emotion.

AMUM is located in room 142 of the Communication and Fine Arts Building. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except University holidays and between temporary exhibits. AMUM will be closed from December 21, 2009 through January 3, 2010. Admission is free. For more information call (901) 678-2224 or visit

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