Gelatin silver print
Image: 17.8 x 24.1 cm (7 x 9 1/2 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 1998.4.1
In 1961, two years after the Cuban Revolution, Ana Mendieta’s parents sent her and her teenage sister to foster homes in the United States. The forced exile from her homeland and a fascination with the relationshhip of early cultures to nature informed her work. She fused landscape and the female form (based on her own silhouette) to create emotionally resonant art that she called ‘earth-body works.’ One of these works, Furrows, required one ton of sod and was created at RISD during a residency for the week of April 16, 1984. A series of five photographs in the Museum’s collection document the ephemeral dirt-and-sod relief constructed on its front lawn.