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Floating Island to Travel Around Manhattan Island
Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American artist most well known for her performance art, "earth-body" sculptures, photographic and video work. Mendieta earned her BA from the University of Iowa in 1969 and went on to get her MA in painting and MFA in intermedia. Her early work was considered strongly feminist, however, she later began focusing on a spiritual and physical connection with the land. Ana Mendieta died in 1985 after falling from the 34th floor of an apartment building.
"Uses her body like a paintbrush and the earth as a canvas"
Land art is a movement that emerged in U.S. in late 1960’s/early 1970’s. Land art was influenced primarily by cubism, minimalism, and conceptual art. Land art revolves around nature and the landscape, and is often placed in open areas away from civilization and left to erode under natural conditions over time. Land art is usually created in nature, using nature. It began using soil, rocks, organic media (logs, branches, leaves, water), eventually incorporating other materials like concrete, metal, and recycled items. Land art is a protest mainly against artificialness and commercialization of art, rejecting the museum/gallery-like setting.