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Lindsay Montgomery | Monster Faience

La Guilde presents Monster Faience, a first Montreal exhibition for Lindsay Montgomery

February 21 to May 12, 2019

Montreal, Thursday, February 14, 2019 – La Guilde is proud to present Monster Faience the first Montreal exhibition for the multidisciplinary artist Lindsay Montgomery. From February 21 to May 12, 2019, La Guilde invites you to discover 15 ceramic artworks drawn from her two most recent series: Neo-Istoriato and Monster Faience. Recipient of the prestigious Winifred Shantz Award issued by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in 2018, Lindsay Montgomery is known for her visually dense and subversive ceramic artworks with traces of allegories and history. Her practice is developed through several mediums such as painting, video and installation. Her work is centered on the arrangement of an imaginary and personal mythology which explores issues about death, family, beauty and history.​

“My recent Neo-Istoriato series re-imagines Italian Maiolica ceramics and medieval manuscript illustrations to create narratives, myths and cautionary tales. My imagery and forms explore pagan rituals, animal archetypes, modes of power, and encounters with the dead or supernatural, to highlight the persistent tensions with monarchy, colonialism, and feminism that continue to perpetuate destruction and inequality today.” - Lindsay Montgomery

Monster Faience will kick-off the 2019 program at La Guilde. This exhibition allows La Guilde to continue with its mandate to present and promote emerging artists. As part of its educational component, La Guilde also invites the public to come and meet the artist during a ceramic workshop on Saturday, April 6, 2019.. 


Lindsay Montgomery works across a variety of media including ceramics, painting and puppetry to create narrative videos, performances and objects. Her work is focused on creating personal mythologies that address a wide range of topics and issues including death and mysticism, family dynamics, and evolving modes of power. She earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota.

Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally with exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum, and for the Archie Bray Foundation and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Helen Copeland Memorial Award in Ceramics, The Joyce Carlyle Memorial Scholarship in the Crafts Endowment, and an individual project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. She lives and works in Toronto and Montreal and currently teaches at Concordia University.


La Guilde is a historical gallery and museum institution of Canadian art that has been preserving, promoting and encouraging fine crafts for more than one hundred years. Specialized in Inuit and First Nations art, La Guilde is a non-profit organization that has a permanent collection. It is one of the most influential in Canada with rich historical and cultural archives, a wide-reaching educational program, and drawing artworks by renowned and emerging artists. La Guilde’s gallery is situated in downtown Montreal, offering all of its customers high quality contemporary art.
Image: Lindsay Montgomery, Goblin Faience Charger, 2017, ceramic, 63 cm. Photo: Lindsay Montgomery.