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Yolanda Gutiérrez was born in 1970 in Mexico City. In 1988 she enrolled in the National School of Visual Arts at Mexico’s National Autonomous University (UNAM). Her work centers on researching, living with, and learning the customs and beliefs of Mexican indigenous and peasant communities, with a special interest in artisan practices and the use of everyday objects. Involving different disciplines such as medicine, therapy, herbalism, and music, the artist's work is based on principles of care and respect for nature and the land. The particularities of her work are related to the artistic current proposed by the American artist Robert Smithson of the Land Art movement, which postulated nature as a material for creation and a space for artistic intervention and gained wide recognition in the sixties. In the words of Yolanda Gutiérrez, “The intention of my work is to make art a means of deifying the natural as a source of life, origin, and reflection of our very being, seeking to communicate to the viewer that nature is part of us, making them aware of our lack of awareness, which by no means relieves us of our responsibility for our separation from it.[1]

  1. Artist statement by Yolanda Gutiérrez, compiled from “Fichero de artistas, Textos breves con información básica de algunos artistas” accessed at: https://vnarro.wordpress.com/tag/yolanda-gutierrez/