Suzy González is an artist, curator, zinester, educator, and community organizer living and working in San Antonio, TX. Giving attention to the origins of both food and art materials, she analyzes what it means to decolonize art and art history. She’s had recent solo exhibits at Presa House Gallery, Hello Studio, and Palo Alto College and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center (VT), the Trelex Residency (Peru), The Wassaic Residency (NY), Starry Night Residency (NM), the Studios at MASS MoCA (MA), and Hello Studio (TX). Suzy co-publishes Yes, Ma’am zine, co-organizes the San Anto Zine Fest, and is half of the collective Dos Mestizx. She received a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant for the curatorial project, Comida es Medicina, and is a 2018 alum of the NALAC Leadership Institute. She is a current fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute and is serving as a mentor with the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Suzy holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Texas State University. Her web presence can be found at suzygonzalez.com.
I focus on material hierarchy and its relationship to art world elitism. I find interest in the decolonization of one’s diet, or a desire to reclaim the plant-based nourishment of our ancestors. In embodying a neo-Mestiza/Xicana identity, I use oil paints alongside natural materials, particularly the corn husk. This opens up gendered ideas of nature and culture as well as the disconnect between craft/folk art and fine art. Our husks, our skins, have ties to our individual and collective backgrounds, consumptions, environments, identities, and cultures. What would they say if they could speak? What does it look like to recognize the colonization of art and how can we work towards its decolonization? My work visually dismantles social binaries in order to better understand complexities of identity. I see fourth wave feminism as intersectional and inclusive of the non-human animal kingdom. This, I hope, will open the doors to compassion and healing in this world of destruction.