"re-Adorned | Archiving Catharsis":
Tina Gutierrez creates a series of photos capturing the cause-effect relationship between the adornments and the wearer. The collaboration presents a cathartic human story that is reinterpreted with each telling and each viewing; and this is how the arts, the expression of our humanity, reveals, changes and heals us.
The series seeks to reincorporate items and people who have been omitted from traditional art history texts and mainstream fashion. Translating historical aspects of tribal African adornments in found and unexpected materials gives an importance to items, just as adorning the figure gives an importance to the person. The series documents the relationship between the linage of an adornment and its wearer. And through that revelatory presentation asks the viewers to re-see the materials, re-see people (particularly African-American men), and to re-see their world.