A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine, Elisa Wouk Almino, Hyperallergic, August 7th, 2020
"This week, artists reflect on quarantining from their studios in Tennessee, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York, and DC.This is the 172nd installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. In light of COVID-19, we’ve asked participants to reflect on how the pandemic has changed their studio space and/or if they are focusing on particular projects while quarantining."
In Year Four, Nasty Women Returns To Its Roots, Lucy Gellman, New Haven Arts Council website, March 3rd, 2020
"On an opposite wall, viewers are greeted with Mateo Gutiérrez mixed media And I Feel Fine (US-Mexico border & El Paso Texas), a huge multimedia piece where acrylic paint, color pencil, and pastel fuse to meet glossy, bright embroidery and thick thread. Come close enough to the piece, and the embroidery is its own work within a work, strands overlapping to form cheeks and hands.
At a distance, the piece unfolds in two horrifying vignettes, both ripped from the headlines. On the left, a mother stoops down to comfort her son, eyes shielded and facing the ground..." >> more
"Mateo Gutierrez’s acrylic painting, “And I Feel Fine,” depicts a Latina mother clutching her son and a rifle-wielding man helping a wounded woman. The Brooklyn artist got his artwork’s title from the REM song “The End of the World as We Know It.” “As we put children on the border in cages and have mass shootings, we carry on and say ‘It’ll be fine’ and ‘I feel fine.’ It often feels like the end of the world but we’re not making the psychological shift we need to make.” Gutierrez’s canvas is tearaway stabilizer, the background to embroidery fabric. “I use that for conceptual purposes. It’s the story behind what we actually see.” The faces are embroidered, he said, to show “the thread of pain that goes through time.”