(Image: Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, Sacks, 2012, Stiffened burlap, Wood, Audio, 14 ft. x 5ft.; © Patricia Schnall Gutierrez)
Patricia Schnall Gutierrez (b. Buffalo, NY)
Generation after generation, our roles and duties as women are deeply ingrained in us. Our identities and validations, often defined by others, leave us with inner conflicts. My work explores the feminine character, the stereotypical roles we assume as women, mothers, caretakers and professionals and the myriad consequences we face as a result.
The materials I choose to work with accentuate the intent of each of my pieces. I include non-traditional materials, such as steel wool, tracing paper, natural twines and hair, for their inherent opposing qualities of delicacy and strength. Each may be used separately or in tandem with others in various objects, two-dimensional work, installations, and performance pieces. Through these various works, I strive to create an awareness of how women have been defined in the past and the insight this knowledge gives us as we move forward.
Education: B.F.A. (cum laude), SUNY at Buffalo, NY, 1973 - 1977. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY, 1988.
Patricia Schnall Gutierrez was chosen as a Winner in Round #2 of the 2012 Showcase Series.
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