Eva Sutton is a digital media artist, photographer and
programmer whose work explores the boundary between static images and
interactive databases. Before becoming an artist, she was a software engineer
working primarily in the fields of biotechnology and large-scale database
Sutton has lectured on issues related
to art and technology at venues such as Princeton University, New York
University, The Cooper Union, the American Museum of Natural History in New
York, Hong Kong Center for the Arts, Bophana Media and Arts Center in Phnom
Penh, Cambodia and The Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba. Her projects, based
on the intersection between photography, interactive installation and robotics, have been featured in publications including Aperture, The New
Yorker, Harper’s, Artbyte, The New York Times and Leonardo.
Sutton’s work has also been
featured at Aperture Gallery, SF Camerawork (San Francisco), Exit Art (New
York), the Santa Barbara [CA] Museum of Art, The Tang Museum at Skidmore
College, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Purnell Center for the Arts at
Carnegie Mellon University, the National Center of Photography in Paris, Museo
Tridentino di Scienze Naturali in Trento, Italy, Trondelag Center for
Contemporary Art in Norway, SIGGRAPH and the online sites Digital Imaging Forum and Egg, the arts show on PBS, among others.
Sutton’s current work explores
the phenomenon of displacement, in particular squatter communities in
marginalized urban environments and diasporic communities who have left their
homeland as refugees. Her online solo exhibition Fringe Dwellers: Life on the Edge in Cambodia was recently featured on the
photography site Forward Thinking Museum.
Sutton holds a BA in Architecture, summa cum laude, from the School of Design at North Carolina State
University at Raleigh. She did graduate studies in Computer Science at the
George Washington University and holds an MFA in Computer Art from the School
of Visual Arts in New York. Her research and teaching at RISD are focused on
the relationship between photography and time-based media. She lives and works
in New York City.