Sue Montoya was born in Los Angeles, California and raised between Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Miami, Florida. She is based in Gainesville, FL. She received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in Visual Arts in 2014. She received her MFA from the University of Florida in May 2018. In August 2018, she will begin her one-year residency at 4Most gallery in Gainesville, FL where she will begin her curatorial practice and adjunct for the University.
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.