Mendieta changed the way Woman were presented as landscapes. Instead, the use of her body memorialized the connection of humans to the universe. Her art was a tool to connect to a spiritual eternity and to think time and history as factors of nature.
Her ‘Earth-body art’ acts as a dialogue between the landscape and the female body.
Her sustained use of the body’s simplified and often nude form to depict both presence and its opposite, absence is an essential component to her work whether denoting the human or the ethereal.
I am interested in Medieta in relation to her feminist stance (as well as her connection with land/nature) of her work on the fluidity of gender and the manipulation of her own body parts which blur the line between male/female identification.
I am focusing on the way Mendieta has used body absent art which in my opinion gets rid of the male gaze. Although she also creates art where her body is present but in disguise.