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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Tina Gutierrez

photographer arts photography
Home 4319 Haight Ave County: OH
cincinnati,Ohio OH 45223 United States
Home Phone: 5134461903


Tina has taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has been guest lecturer at the Taft Museum, University of Cincinnati DAAP, CCM and at Xavier University. Tina’s work has been widely exhibited, at FotoFocus 2022,2020,2018 and 2016 at many venues including not  only for Fotofocus – The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, The Mansfield Arts Center, The Cincinnati YWCA, Washington Park Art Gallery,  The Art Academy, Xavier University  Northern Kentucky University, Havana, Cuba,  Mexico City, and other spaces. Tina’s practice is grounded in her study of art, movement and music. She is a longtime student of Developmental Movement, including Feldenkreis and Alexander technique, and very deliberately composes the human figure and its activity.  Tina is also a musician. She performs widely on the lute and Renaissance flute, and directs the early music chamber group, The Shakespeare Band. Her cultural connection to the Renaissance/Baroque period extends to The Visual world as well as music, especially sculpture. Depicting classical balance and beauty in the human form is a hallmark of Tina’s work. When not composing scenes in the studio or on-site, Tina is a freelance photographer with a broad clientele including The Cincinnati Symphony, Linton Chamber Music series, Movers and Makers Magazine, Queen City Chamber Opera, Concert Nova, MYCincinnati, UC-College Conservatory of Music, and Procter and Gamble. She has photographed many Grammy award-winning musicians. Tina is strongly involved with social justice photography and believes that the camera is a tool for change. She works to create images that show the beauty of humanity and also give hope and create healing in individuals and communities. She prefers to be called an “Arts Instigator” when working with communities by bringing attention to issues that are difficult or challenging through thought provoking projects that enable others to express their fears, hopes and dreams for the future

Artist Statement

For Underwater Series

Illumination- an Underwater Series

In this underwater series, a watery environment invites the dancers to yield to the embrace of liquid instead of the greater forces of gravity that they normally experience. The added difficulty of working in the water creates a world of unexpected challenges for the dancer and the photographer. These images are only viewable from below the water and are so fleeting that they can only be captured by the speed of the camera. Due to its calmness yet danger, the water for me has always been a place of peace and solace yet also extreme awareness. The need to make these images is beyond explanation, perhaps as I believe the their end result appeals to a deep primal elemental need. Most of the Dancers are from the Cincinnati Ballet.




For  Corona-Virus Wearable Art Response Series

For many, Covid-19 led to isolation and loneliness. For me, this work is about embracing rather than resisting sadness, loss, and discomfort by using the creative process. Wearable art allows these emotions to be expressed in a non-verbal yet extremely powerful visual language.

Participants were asked to respond with clothing, costume or other wearable art to express how they felt about the coronavirus, quarantine, and social distancing.
The garments are mostly comprised of pieces sourced from the participants’ homes since most stores were closed. Many displayed personal empowerment, and in many cases a sense of contemporary Shamanism by gathering of strength through power objects and adornments. For others, objects and garments of beauty helped them feel reconnected to the world. This time of Covid-19 challenges us all and the act of creating art as a response can be a healing act.

I employ numerous approaches to achieve a sense of authenticity, using natural body alignment and integrating that with emotional characteristics of the feelings that the sitters express about their costume. Meaning is created from both mundane and colorful fabrics that weave together both a sense of distress and the possibility of rebirth. At first, because of the quarantine, people were only using things that they found in their home. Later, we see some articles acquired outside the home.

Costume is one of the deepest and most ancient forms of communication. Art through costume allows us to be heard and expressed in unique ways that verbal language cannot duplicate. The practice of wearing a costume allows the wearer to acquire a new identity. In most cases, for this series, it became one of empowerment. Some included masks that were designed to protect the wearer either functionally or symbolically, yet become a vibrant artistic statement. As face coverings become transformational through creative expressions about the current situation, the viewer is left with a deeper insight into their own feelings. Many participants felt that the creation of their art was healing. My hope is that the viewers of the project will feel a connection to the people in the portraits.

This series could only be made in this time of Covid-19. It freezes the moment of this time in history.  Art can not only create healing for ourselves, but can show empowerment and lead to change in the world.


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