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Untitled (Gunpowder Work #1)

Mendieta is best known for her ‘earth-body’ performative works of the 1970s and ‘80s, where she used her own body, or its silhouette, as a medium for forming traces that incorporated the earth, trees or water. Her ‘Silueta Series’ and Gunpowder works document these encounters. The ritualistic overtones may be attributed to her Cuban roots (she was exiled to the US as a child). She says, ‘I have been carrying out a dialogue between the landscape and the female body. I believe this has been a direct result of my having been torn from my homeland during my adolescence. I am overwhelmed by the feeling of having been cast from the womb. My art is the way I re-establish the bonds that unite me to the universe. It is a return to the maternal source. Through my earth-body sculptures I become one with the earth… I become an extension of nature and nature becomes an extension of my body’.

[above text from 'Art From Elsewhere' exhibition, mima, 2015]

Presented by the Art Fund under Art Fund International

1980
Super-8mm film transferred to video, colour, silent, 5 min 55 sec

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