Suzy González is an artist, curator, and zinester based 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 has had solo exhibits at Presa House Gallery, Hello Studio, Palo Alto College, and a recent two-person exhibit with Eliseo Casiano at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She 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, who recently curated XicanX: New Visions in New York and Texas and has a large-scale public artwork at the San Antonio International Airport. She received a 2017 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts Grant, is a 2018 alum of the NALAC Leadership Institute, and a 2019 alum of the Intercultural Leadership Institute and NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Suzy holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA from Texas State University.
Through Xicanx veganism, I find interest in the decolonization of diet, or a desire to reclaim the pre-colonial plant-based nourishment of my ancestors through food and herbalism. I analyze what it means to decolonize art and to embrace the lessons that the earth has to teach us. Materials relate to parts of my identity, and I recognize when they mix or resist one another. The corn husks represent the skin of the figures, recalling Mesoamerican beliefs that our very beings are created from maíz. This material use works to dismantle folk and fine art hierarchies. I call these “mestiza media” works, reclaiming the “mestizo” colonial caste label. I define mestiza media as when materials originate from the region(s) of the artist’s ancestors. Accepting mixedness is also about embracing queerness and the fluid nature of identities that reject constructed binaries. My work serves to work through my own intersections and to strive for intercultural conversations with folks outside of my identities. This, I hope, will open doors to compassion and healing in this world of destruction.