2. Ana Mendieta

‘Traces’ Hayward Gallery Nov 2013

She finds her own symbol as the outline of her body shape, The silhouette combined to the natural environment gives her work a strong identity.  She said


“My art is grounded on the belief in one universal energy, which runs through everything from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant, from plant to galaxy.”


She has a very developed idea and concept of using her symbolic silhouette to a very deep philosophy and psychological field. Also she said


“I have been carrying on a dialogue between the landscape and the female body based on my own silhouette”.


Firstly the materials she used of mud, blood, feathers, plants, candle, fireworks, mini volcanoes, are very developed that she uses for her art piece. I like the varied materials used. I think her prints were too small and were the limitations of this earlier period. This exhibition showed many videos and lots of personal diaries and postcards which makes the exhibition more interesting. To get to know her more.


This encourages me in my work because she ties herself to the universe in her own way from her artworks. This is the same motivation that I want to do in my artwork, I want to tie myself to life. Also as a female artist she has a strong feminine identity and energy in her work, using the Goddess silhouette that represents the power and beauty inherent in the earth. And I am interested in the female form in nature.



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