Art that matters: Silueta Series by Ana Mendieta

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Ana Mendieta


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.

Enjoy x

Anima Silueta De Coheres, Ana Mendieta

Anima Silueta De Coheres (soul, silhouette of fireworks, 1976) by Ana Mendieta. A burning Goddess with fireworks set alight in the desert, Mexico, 1976.

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Untitled by Ana Mendieta

“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.”

Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta_Silueta Series_Imagen de Yagul

Imagen de Yagul, 1973 by Ana Mendieta. It is Mendieta lying nude in a pre-Hispanic tomb, at the Mesoamerican site of Yagul, covered in white flowers.

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Untitled, 1976 by Ana Mendieta. A silhouette formed on the beach at La Ventosa, Mexico that was filled it with red tempera and ultimately, washed away by the ocean waves.

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