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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