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Image of Demons, Tlazoteotl 'Eater of Filth,' p92 from Indigenous Woman 38489


Martine Gutierrez (Berkeley, CA, 1989 - )


Demons, Tlazoteotl 'Eater of Filth,' p92 from Indigenous Woman

Creation Date



early 21st century


41 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (105.41 x 72.39 x 3.81 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

C-print mounted on Sintra, hand-painted artist frame

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Greenacres Acquisition Fund


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Martine Gutierrez, a Brooklyn-based performance artist, photographer, and filmmaker, explores the fluidity of identity through personal transformations, performances in which the artist creates and embodies imagined personas that cross boundaries and complicate constructs of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. In Tlazoteotl, Gutierrez has taken on the persona of an Aztec deity of the same name, patroness, and purifier of sin and vice. The artist transforms herself through elaborate costume and headdress, combining reference to traditional Mayan fashion with contemporary interpretation and artistic license. The painted frame extends the composition beyond the traditional boundaries of the printed image and suggests that identity, too, is not so easily confined. Tlazoteotl is one of a series of works made for a single-issue high-gloss fashion magazine “Indigenous Woman,” created by Gutierrez in celebration of Mayan heritage and an exploration of the artist’s own fluid self-fashioning.

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