Carmen Gutierrez-Bolger

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La Bandera (The Flag)

Dimensions: 16″ x 20″ x 1″
Medium: Oil and charcoal on canvas

I am a spanglish artist.  When I was five, my family fled Cuba and Castro’s regime and settled in southern Florida. My work is an exploration of my experiences as an immigrant and my journey of assimilation. The majority of my art uses iconic Cuban imagery and found objects to express my life-long struggle to fit in; a way to explain my latina-self to a Midwestern audience.

La Concha (The Shell)

Dimensions: 16″ x 20″ x 1″
Medium: Oil and charcoal on canvas

This staccato introspection drove me to this new body of abstract work. The “skeletal” structure with rich hues and fine glazes moves to the rhythm of time, space and memory without the encumbrance of narrative and explanation. Regardless of style or material, I still look to create understanding and connection by capturing and engaging the viewer. How can we be our authentic selves and still make room for others? Separate, but connecting.

El Zapato (The Shoe)

Dimensions: 16″ x 20″ x 1″
Medium: Oil and charcoal on canvas

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