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Andi Sutton is an artist whose practice explores the ways that performance art methodology can create new models for community development and social engagement.  Working in a solo and collective context, her projects incorporate food, agriculture, television and street intervention, video, performance, and installation. Her works have been shown internationally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Los Angeles, CA, USA), The Western Front, (Vancouver, BC, Canada), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA, USA), the Yogyajarta New Media Art Laboratory (Yogyajarta, Indonesia), the SMART Museum (Chicago, IL, USA), Universidad Nacional (Bogota, Colombia), the Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum  (Minneapolis, MN, USA), among others.

An avid collaborator, she is a member of   The National Bitter Melon Council (www.bittermelon.org) which uses the form of a vegetable promotion board to create public projects that use the flavor and emotion of bitterness – and Bitter Melon – to spark dialogue about difference, foreignness, and community, and explore the boundaries between art and life.  Combining performance art and community development practice, the Bitter Melon focused events of the NBMC creates projects that propose alternative models for community and coming together and spark dialogue about bitterness, foreignness, and flavor.

She is also a member of the collective Plotform (Jane Marsching + Andi Sutton) whose projects activate human engagement with Boston’s local ecologies. Plotform is currently engaged with their multi-year project Marsh Radio Island.  Sutton also co-produced the public art and dialogue event series Platform2 a performance happening and discussion series that promotes discourse about art and social engagement.  Among Andi’s art and community building work has also included a curatorial practice. From 2004 – 2006 she co-developed and co-curated the Berwick Research Institute’s Public Art Incubator Program, an artist-run residency program for artists working in the public sphere.

Sutton has received grants from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Council for the Arts and the LEF Foundation and is the winner of the MFA Traveling Scholars Award (2010) and, along with The National Bitter Melon Council, the Artadia Art Award (2007). She graduated in 2003 from a combined degree program between Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with a BA in Women’s Studies and a BFA in interdisciplinary studies, focusing  on performance art, video, and installation. She is also communications and program manager for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a passionate cook and gardener, and can’t help but incorporate each, metaphorically and literally, into her work.

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PUBLICATIONS: Writing, Criticism, and Interviews



 Let Them Eat LACMA, anniversary exhibition catalog edited by the Fallen Fruit Collective

FEAST: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, exhibition catalog edited by Stephanie Smith, Curator, SMART Museum of Art, University of Chicago


Better Living through Bitter Melon: A Manual, artist book edited and art directed by Andi Sutton and Misa Saburi, National Bitter Melon Council Books, Boston, MA, 2010


“A Conversation with AA Bronson” in Big Red and Shiny, Issue #103, March 30, 2009

“The Busycle” in Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art (DVD Magazine), Vol. 13: Public, Boston, MA, 2009


“Bitter Melon” in Decentre: Concerning Artist Run Cultures, YYZ Books, Toronto, Canada, 2008




“DeCordova Show Surveys the Beauty of Nature’s Bounty”, Daniel Grant, The Boston Globe, June 13, 2013

“Artists Propose Stemming the Tide of Global Warming with Artificial Marshes”, Greg Cook, WBUR: The Artery, March 12, 2013

“Stitching the Shore with Plotform at 808 Gallery”, Stephanie Cordon, Big, Red, and Shiny,  March 7, 2013


“Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art”, Julia Robinson, Art Forum, January issue


“Better Living through Bitter Melon”, Aaron Kagen, Splashlife, June 29

“Better Living through Bitter Melon”, The NBMC, in “The Bittersweet Issue”, Hyphen Magazine, Issue 23, May

“Cultivating a Fan Club for Bitter Melon”, Aaron Kagen, The Boston Globe, May 25

“The National Bitter Melon Council”, Sheila Terril, Leadership and Community: Awareness, Development, and Action in the Twin Cities, Feb. 28

“Bitter is the New Umami”, Jesse Hirsch, SF Weekly, Feb. 15


“The Other Senses”, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Art Practical, The Food Issue, Nov. 18

“Eat LACMA was Vital as Fruit”, Bruna Mori, Archinect, Nov. 10

“BYO: Is Your Voice in the Conversation”, Minji Kim, Harvard Gazette, Oct. 20

“High Concept: ‘Artadia Boston’ at the BCA plus Terra Cotta at the Gardener”, Greg Cook, The Boston Phoenix, April 6

“The Gardens of LACMA”, Joshua Morrison, Fine Arts LA and Huffington Post, July 5

“Food as Art: Exhibit of Artists Gardens”, Roberta Cruger, Tree Hugger, July 31

“Bitter Melon Trellis: A Jungle Gym of Bamboo Springs Up at LACMA”, Dexigner, May 17

“The Red Light District of LACMA”, Sarah Bay Williams, Unframed


“Roundtable”, Matt Nash, Big Red & Shiny, Issue 121, Dec. 14

“Affects of Gravity at the Topsfield Fair”, Matt Nash, Big, Red, & Shiny, Issue 116, Oct. 7

“Manifesto Slam on an Obama-Inspired Bus”, Andrea Shea, Radio interview on NPR, WBUR 90.9


“Make It Stop”, Rebecca Zorach, The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 6, Vol. 2 Issue 2 #6

“Platform2’s Parade for the Future”, Greg Cook, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Blog, September 14

“Parade for the Future”, Christian Holland, The Weekly Dig, September 10

“Parade for the Future is June 15th, Greg Cook, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Blog, June 4

“In ‘Artadia Show’ Local Artists Share the Spotlight”, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, May 14

“Artadia Opens at Mills Gallery”, Mark Valentine, Edge Provincetown, May 2

“Artadia Boston 2007”, Laura Donaldson, Exhibition Catalog, April

“Thinking Small: A Local Collaborative Subverts with the Tiny”, The Boston Phoenix, April 7

“Platform2’s Failure Support Group”, Editor, Our Daily Red, February 29

“Failure Support Group is Friday”, Greg Cook, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Blog, February 27


“Exploring Risk, Race, and Class with Platform2”, Matthew Nash, Big Red and Shiny, Issue 70, October 2

“Contaminate II at Midway Studios”, Jed Speare, Big Red and Shiny, Issue 60, March 25

“News: Boston Artadia Awards Announced” Art Forum Online: www.artforum.com, May 22

“Artnet News: 2007 Artadia Award Winners” Artnet Magazine, May 22

“Artadia Grant Winners Announced” New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, Online Publication, May 16

“Awards and Honors” MIT News Office, MIT Tech Talk, May 21

“Artadia Announces 2007 Winners” SMFA Boston News and exhibitions, May

“Artadia Announces 2007 Awards”, Big Red News Editor, Big Red and Shiny, May 16


“Pure: Spreading the Disease of Viral Art”, Jason Feifer, The Weekly Dig, Issue 8, 43, October 25

“Thinking Inside the Box: ‘Pure’ turns a former OfficeMax into a study of art as a contagion”, Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe. October 19

“The Best Goya” Betty Shimabukuro The Star Bulletin, Honolulu, Vol. 11, Issue 157

“Big Red On-the-Town: Goya Honoring Day” Big Red, Big Red & Shiny, Issue 43

“MIT Artists Receive LEF Foundation Grants” MIT News Office, Jan. 26

“LEF Foundation Announces 2006 Grants” Big Red News Editor, Big Red & Shiny, Issue 33

“The Revolving Dinner” Michah Malone, Big Red & Shiny, Issue 28


“Where Your Mouth Is #3: Ownership Society” (Podcast) Jaclyn Freidman, AlterNet.com, Aug. 9

“Bitter Melon Week: South End artists celebrate revolting vegetable” Rachel Ahrens, Weekly Dig, July 20

“Bitter Melon enlists a neighborhood” Kimberly W. Moy Boston Globe, July 20

“Ambitious and engaging show makes art of the community” Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, July 9

“Out and About” Art Matters Summer Edition


“Ah, the celebs, the lights, the absurdity” Ron Fletcher, Boston Globe, May 9


“Homeland Insecurity Ignites Adams ArtSpace”, Harvard Crimson, April 27

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