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Susan S. Weininger

(b Havana, Nov 18, 1948; d New York, Sept 8, 1985).

American sculptor, performance artist, video artist, and painter of Cuban birth. From the age of 13, when she was sent to the USA from Cuba by her parents, she lived in orphanages and foster homes in Iowa. Her sense of exile and the separation from her family proved strong motivating forces on her later work. After completing an MA in painting at the University of Iowa in 1972, she entered the university’s new Multimedia and Video Art programme, in which she was free to experiment and develop a unique formal language, gaining an MFA in 1977.

In the 1970s Mendieta began to create ‘earth-body sculptures’ outdoors in Iowa, using the primal materials of blood, earth, fire, and water, having first executed performances that she documented in photographs or black-and-white films. In the Silueta series she traced or sculpted the image of her body on the ground, using ignited gunpowder, leaves, grass, mud, stones, other natural elements, or cloth; ...

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Mexican, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in the USA from c. 1980.

Born c. 1960.

Painter, sculptor, assemblage artist. Multimedia.

Pauline Stella Sanchez contrasts and integrates her paintings, which are basically monochrome but with sensually applied pigment, with real objects, either presented in front of the paintings themselves or reproduced. She has stated that she sees no point in mixing representation and painting. She associates her paintings with everyday objects. A real object can sometimes appear to establish a relationship between its function and the painting, a rake to rake the blue canvas, a cooking pot to boil up the grey for another canvas. She lives and works in Los Angeles....