Monica Choy is an artist, producer, and curator living and working in Portland, OR.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Monica's first introduction to the arts was through performance. She moved to Portland to study theatre and worked in stage management and costume & scene design. Concurrently, she began curating art shows for Compound Gallery and independently in Portland and Seattle. She also spent a year playing in advertising in the WK12 program at Wieden+Kennedy.
In 2009, she met her partner Souther Salazar and began working with him as project manager and producer. Together they have produced large-scale art installations in Lucerne, Switzerland, New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, and a traveling art project called the Trading Tortoise.
In her own practice, art and life are closely interwoven. Spontaneous collaborations, experimentation, social practice, teaching, dance, and creative experiences are favorite mediums. Monica also works in fabric, dyeing, and sewing - something she learned as a child from her maternal grandmother, who worked as a seamstress.
In 2013, Monica co-founded Action Studios, which provides workspace for 7 artists and is located in Portland's NE Industrial district.