On Thursday, March 30, the 2023 Oolite Arts Home + Away Resident Artists, Sandra Ramos, Sue Montoya, and Tom Scicluna discussed their practice and met the San Antonio community. The Oolite Arts’ Home + Away offers Miami-Dade-based artists opportunities to participate in some of the most important artist residencies in the country.
Sandra Ramos is a Cuban contemporary painter, printmaker, collagist, and installation artist who explores nationality, gender, and identity in her work. She is best known for works featuring her character Ariadne, who is composed of a self-portrait and an appropriated portion of an illustration from Alice in Wonderland. Ramos currently lives in Miami. She is also a renowned curator in Cuba, and won a national award for her curatorial work on the exhibition Le Huella Múltiple (Multiple Fingerprint), from the Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas (CNAP) in Havana.
Sue Montoya was born in Los Angeles, California and raised between Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Miami, Florida. 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. Montoya’s artist statement reads, “In my work, I examine how the built-environment is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Development perpetuates the seemingly endless cycle of extraction, construction, 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 systems of power and the production of space on the individual and the collective. I hope to reveal the economic, political, and historical factors that contribute to the exploitation, allocation, dispossession and perception of people and land.”
Tom Scicluna is a Miami-based artist. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Some Aesthetic Decisions: Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Mere Facade, Spinello Projects (Miami); and Climate Sync a public artwork realized in conjunction with Miami-Dade Art in Public Places at Oolite Arts (Miami).