Collection: Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta
b. 1948, Havana, Cuba; d. 1985, New York City¶
Silueta Works in Mexico, 1973-77
Portfolio of twelve color photographs documenting earth/body works¶Executed in Mexico, published 1992
20 x 13-1/4 inches, image; 20 x 16 inches¶¶13-1/4 x 20 inches, image; 16 x 20 inches, sheet
Edition 10/20
Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Jerry M. Lindzon
1996.9.3
Nancy Robinson Watson

A pioneering feminist artist, Ana Mendieta was interested in goddess iconography and uses of the female form as a power symbol. She referenced diverse aspects of ritual practices derived from ancient cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. Her experience of exile moving from Cuba to the United States without her parents at the age of twelve had a strong impact on her personal and artistic development, with her bi-cultural identity continually informing her practice.¶¶Silueta Works is an important series that Mendieta produced during several trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. She found inspiration in the art and culture of this country s pre-Hispanic past, with its distinct views on life and death. She produced what she referred to as earth-body sculptures, involving archetypal female silhouettes, placed in natural landscapes or at ancient sites. Using earth, water, fire, and flowers, she created ephemeral works that speak to spiritual concerns, growth, fertility, presence, and absence.¶¶