Cat Gunn

Cat Gunn

Born in Baltimore, MD / Works in San Diego, CA
BIO
Originally from Baltimore, Cat Gunn (they/them/theirs) is an artist living and working in San Diego who identifies as non-binary transgender and queer. They create abstract paintings with layers of oil paints and mediums built up over time, using a variety of techniques to manipulate the alchemy of the paint. Gunn has recently exhibited work at Maryland Art Place and Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, MD, 40 West Arts Gallery in Lakewood, CO, Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, PA, and Cade Art Gallery in Arnold, MD among others. Gunn received a BFA in Painting and an MA in Professional Studies (Art History Concentration) from Towson University. They are currently pursuing their MFA at University of California San Diego.
My work highlights moments of my life that are romantic, sentimental, nostalgic, and tragic. Through abstraction I create an underlying narrative of growing up queer and transgender, forming relationships, falling in and out of love, and examining the world around me. My current paintings revolve around the notion of creating space from a queer perspective with a playful awkwardness. These self-contained worlds are made up of repeating stripes, gradated forms, twisted squiggles, and organic shapes. Skewed geometry with hard edges flirt with expressive grounds and fields of color, creating an ambiguous space that is dizzying, strange, and dynamic. The quirky geometry and irregularity of patterns allow for vulnerable and imperfect moments, and are equally about sameness as they are about difference. The work, both as physical objects and as windows into an illusionistic world, suggests a transfer between states— erratic and ever-evolving.
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