Sue Montoya is a photo-based artist living in Gainesville FL. She received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Visual Arts in 2014. Much of her work draws on geology, architecture, and land use to document the rapidly changing landscape of Florida. When she is not taking photographs, she is sipping cafecitos at her favorite Hialeah haunts.
In my work, I examine how the built-environment is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Development perpetuates the seemingly endless cycle of modernity and gentrification at the cost of local communities. The geopolitics and history of places emerge throughout my work in the form of photographs, sculptures, videos, and zines. My research draws on architecture, feminism, ecology, and labor (physical and emotional) as means to investigate multiple paradigms and their contribution to the production of places. By bringing these matters into the contemporary framework, it aids to reveal how economic, political, and historical factors contribute to the allocation, exploitation, and perception of space.