Ana Mendieta was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor and painter who frequently used the theme of the body’s relationship to earth.
Mendieta’s Silueta Series is a collection of work she produced in the 1970s composed of tracings and imprints of her body in natural settings in places such as Iowa and Mexico. She outlined these with flaming gunpowder, blood, rocks, flowers, and fireworks; she even bound herself in cloth and covered her body with mud and rocks.
I think they are very beautiful and important and more people should see them.
“My art is grounded in the belief of one universal energy which runs through everything: from insect to man, from man to spectre, from spectre to plant from plant to galaxy.”
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