Latex on masonite
28″ x 23″
Giving attention to the origins of both food and art, I analyze what it means to decolonize art, art history, and consumption. My artwork serves as a platform for working through my own intersections as well as striving for an intercultural conversation with folks outside of my identity labels. This, I hope, will open doors to compassion and healing in this world of destruction. As we work to maintain our physical and mental health during this era of COVID-19, we must also work to reach a level of spiritual health to be balanced beings. This of course looks different for each individual. Here I take inspiration from a traditional Chicano Catholic image of praying hands with a rosary, and add beads that read “Justice.” While there are many moving sectors of our society that are required to work towards an anti-racist future, I believe that putting out good energies and maintaining spiritual health are also vital. Whether the painting is read as supporting or subverting organized religion may be up to the experiences of the viewer.
Suzy González is an artist, curator, zinester, and educator based in San Antonio, TX. She has exhibited and attended residencies across the country. 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. She is half of the collective Dos Mestizx, who completed a large-scale public artwork at the San Antonio International Airport in 2018, and curated XicanX: New Visions in New York City and San Antonio in 2019-2020. Suzy co-publishes Yes, Ma’am zine and co-organizes the San Anto Zine Fest. Suzy holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA from Texas State University, and is an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University.