A native of Los Angeles, Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan's work reflects the intersections of her bicultural identity and influence. Her photographs, prints, mixed media installations and jewelry draw from a range of global influence and thematic interpretations.
Specific bodies of her work reference an interest in cultural rituals and sacred iconography, dissections of the anatomical language and how it parallels cartographic sensibility and its aesthetics. Through such visual communication, her work manifests as curious projections, sensitive to the duality of our existence.
Finding influence from artists Graciela Iturbide, Elizabeth Catlett and Nahum B. Zenil, in addition to print collectives such as Taller de Gráfica Popular (MX), Gutierrez Morgan touches upon similar concepts and media, while implementing her own style and distinct voice. Implementing the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials, she enjoys utilizing found/recycled objects, textiles, botanicals, metals, wood, paper and any other material that supports the intentions of her work.
Gutierrez Morgan has exhibited throughout the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New Orleans, participating at venues including the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), SPARC, the University Art Museum Cal State Long Beach (UAM), Self Help Graphics, the Mexican Cultural Institute Los Angeles, the Southwestern Anthropological Association, La Mano Press, Avenue 50 Studio, Farmlab, Fremont Gallery and more.
In 2010, she was one of two Los Angeles artists selected to participate in a joint transnational public art project, Casas Arte Home Intervention Project, in collaboration with Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura (COFAC) in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and Ave 50 Studio in Highland Park, CA which was funded by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)/Ford Foundation. Her work can be found in several publications and remains in the collections of Los Angeles City Hall, Self Help Graphics and Chicano Art collector, Armando Duron.
A series of her photo-generated screenprints can currently be found in the exhibition, 'A Short Essay on Chicano Photography', on view at SPARC from February 21 - May 1, 2015.