Cueva del Aguila [Eagle's Cave], from the Rupestrian Sculptures Series
25.2 cm x 18 cm (9 15/16 in. x 7 1/16 in.)
(Havana, Cuba, 1948 - 1985, New York City)
Latin America, Cuban
Medium and Support:
Photo-etching on chine collé
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of The Judith Rothschild Foundation and the Michener Acquisitions Fund, 1999
The Rupestrian Sculptures Series records a group of wall carvings Mendieta made in remote caves during her first trip back to her homeland. Mendieta’s simple but vital images depict goddess-figures from the mythology of the Taínos, the native inhabitants of the island. An essential theme in all of her work is the relationship between the female body and the earth, both timeless sources of life.