Martine Gutierrez’s inaugural show at the gallery presents a selection of work spanning the last four years. Acting as both subject and producer, Gutierrez explores the multiplicity and complexity of identity in a series of pop-influenced narrative scenes.
Body En Thrall began as an editorial in Indigenous Woman, the single issue magazine Gutierrez created, working as her own muse, model, photographer, editor, and art director.
In an ad from Indigenous Woman, a curvy glass bottle and nude form advertise “Del’ Estrogen,” an imagined perfume. The name of the scent references Delestrogen, a prescription medication used in hormone therapy.
In Neo-Indeo, a fashion editorial in Indigenous Woman, Gutierrez wears Indigenous textiles, some of which belonged to her Mayan grandparents, in a personal, multicultural version of high fashion.
Gutierrez has continued the series Body En Thrall beyond the pages of Indigenous Woman. In recent images, the artist embodies a character, now blonde, who acts alongside male and female mannequins to explore the limits of her own erotic power.
Gutierrez has described the aesthetic of excess in Queer Rage, an editorial from Indigenous Woman, as an expression of her own adolescent frustration and fury.
In Plastics, Gutierrez pulls plastic wrap tightly over her face while wearing messy blonde wigs and contact lenses, holding her breath as she embodies a series of archetypes.
Gutierrez has described the style of Body En Thrall as “aesthetically closest to my voice.”