"False Idols looks back at women in history in a pre/monotheist world and what they and their beliefs were ultimately labeled as."
False Idols, Womanhood Series
Digital Photo Collage
Archival Print Limited Edition of 25, (Signed and titled), 2017, 15" x 20" (38.1 x 50.8 cm)
Retail Price $ 650.00
"Static Levels presents a woman with repeated headshots of herself fading in and out of a foreign background. The repetition of her gaze is covered with
an electric current/ heartbeat. She is alive yet something is not quite right."
Static Levels” Womanhood Series
Digital Photo Collage, 2017, 20" x 15" (50.8 x 38 cm)
Archival Print Limited Edition of 25, (Signed and titled)
Retail Price $ 650
"Post-Op 2 is part of the PostOp series I started last year after a life altering illness. References to the figure constantly appears in the entire series as it is pulled apart and put back together."
Post Op 2, Post Op Series
Oil Painting, 2017, 80" x 56" (201 x 142 cm)
Retail Price $ 10.000
Your paintings are mystical and magical. Each time I look at them I see something new and different. Tell me about your practise.
I like to think that it’s not my “uniqueness” that connects my work to people, but a commonality, in that which we all share and understand our life experiences. Since I work in so many various mediums, I consider many variables as to how I can best express my intent. The paintings in
particular, are generally built on layers of information.
Do you have the concept for each final work when you start or does the painting come to fruition through the process?
Paintings develop like chapters in a book for me. I have a general idea and then one chapter inspires and leads to the next. A particular story begins the process. The process is what makes art making such a joy, or in some instances, such agony. Making artwork is pretty much
like life, full of wonder, intrigue, frustration, challenge, and fulfillment. I never really know what will happen next or how things will turn out.
What inspires your work the most?
Inspirations are everywhere, and I am so easily amused! My work is based on personal life stories, but how I go about telling each story can change. A color, a pattern, a book, a great conversation, or just looking and registering everything around me inspires me. I collect
everything from clothes to construction materials, I go to museums and fall in love with something different every time, it all finds its way into the work.
Why are most of your paintings untitled?
It’s a funny thing about titles; unless I deliberately choose to add text in the work, words are generally not my language of choice. I always title the work after it’s finished. If I can’t come up with anything that describes the general idea of the piece, I leave them untitled or just number
You have a diverse palette. Do you have specific colors you consistently use in your paintings?
It’s natural for an artist to put together opposites, for example, red and green or blue and orange, but what I find challenging is determining which tone or value, of unlikely color combinations, can work well together. To this day I love looking at Joseph Albers’ work for that
reason. Black, on the other hand, the black hole of color, is by far the one non-color I
constantly fall back on though, the mystery of it next to so many other colors is gorgeous!
What materials do you use in your collages?
Collages are like puzzles to me. It’s a challenging process of positioning and layering. It’s a game too, I hide things underneath what seems obvious on the surface; secrets I suppose.
What inspires you to work in collage?
I like to think I’m forever evolving and getting better at what I do but frankly, it’s just about what’s going on in my life and the world around me. My methodology, for the most part, remains the same.
How has your practise changed from 2010 until now? What has driven this evolution?
Digital collages are merely another medium I enjoy. They are not much different from any of the other collages I make. I cut, paste and build a story out of images, colors, and shapes. I love it!
Is there one medium that you feel you are best able to express yourself?
The physical nature of each medium I choose to use is very important to me. Whether its steel wool, charcoal, paint or my computer, the inherent quality of each particular medium serves a purpose. If I’m successful in my attempts, I work my way through the challenges of whatever medium I choose and arrive at a successful result.
What are your favorite places in Miami? Where do you like to take holidays?
My best place to be in Miami is like everywhere else, home, with great friends and family. I love to cook so having people over to our place is what I love most. It’s always a celebration! Our next planned gathering is a potluck dinner based on Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock’s recipes
from a cookbook I received as a gift during a visit to their house/studio in East Hampton a couple of years ago. As far as when we’re on vacation, I have a soft spot for the south of France.
What are you currently workinging on?
Oh my, I’m all over the place, as usual. I’m currently finishing up some paintings, drawings, collages, and installations in my studio before I leave to visit friends and family in New England, New York, and Canada for two months. I’m also getting ready for a couple of summer group shows; a fun installation at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, where I’m collaborating with Laura Marsh, (artist/curator). It will be
an installation built from remnants of an existing RPM Project installation*. It’s a fun, south Florida, spontaneous piece inspired by flamingos! I also have a show coming up organized through BABA Collective, where I'll have a very large portrait drawing/collage on display. The
exhibition is based on their interviews with so many terrific south Florida artists. RCS 1-50 will be on exhibit at the Bakehouse Art Complex through June.
* RPM Project is a collaborative of three artists: Rhonda Mitrani, (myself) and Marina Font. We have been working together since 2011 on large scale multimedia installations. You can see
more of our work at: www.rpmproject.com.
The multidisciplinary work of Patricia Schnall Gutierrez (including painting, drawing, sculptural objects,
performance, and installation) draws its inspiration from a self-referential account of personal memories, situations,
and emotions. Using distinct choices of mediums, household objects and materials, she creates an
autobiographical account of the every day, drawing the viewer into an intimate dialogue that often probes
questions of gender and sexuality. Through her personal stories, she shares a unique perspective on controversial
issues facing contemporary women and society
Patricia Schnall Gutierrez was born in Buffalo, New York and received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo in1978. After a
move to New York City in 1980, she continued her education at the New York Studio School.
In 2007, Schnall Gutierrez relocated to South Florida, where she currently lives and works. She has exhibited in
numerous art institutions including MOCA Miami, Naples Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Museum of
Florida Art, Appleton Museum, Lowe Art Museum, YAA Museum, Patterson Museum, MADA New Media, as well
as numerous University Exhibitions, Art Fairs and Galleries in and outside of the United States. Her work was
selected and showcased in the private Sotheby's auction at the Margulies Collection, she has received the Award
of Excellence from the Biennial Six Exhibition at the Florida Museum of Art and was also a recipient for the Florida
Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs Visual Arts Fellowship.