I love and respect Ana Mendieta and her art. Thank you, Miriam Sagan.
I was very intrigued to discover that fellow New Mexican writer Diana Rico was as fascinated by the work and life of Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta as I was. This feminist artist was one of the first to create ritualist performance, imprinting the earth, often with her body, in a way that was both non-commercial and low impact in terms of the site.
Her death, a fall from a Manhattan highrise, seems shockingly metaphoric in this context. I was cautioned by the women’s history professor who introduced me to Mendieta’s work to not confuse art and biography. This may be ideologically correct, but impossible for a poet.
There is a long poem about Mendieta in my collection MAP OF THE LOST.
And a section of Rico’s book below.
The headlines screamed for weeks afterward. They finally quieted after two-plus years. The amount of time it would take for two…
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