Communing with the past (2)
This work quotes past events and past makings in its tactile surface—reusing the image of a death mask the artist made in a previous work. In this collage, the artist's depiction of the mask is an echoing of past events. Mendez's practice explores the complicated nature of understanding time and history in non-linear ways.
Mendez's materials—frequently culled from archives and geographic sites—embody erased histories. The artist uses these materials in carefully researched works that examine how constructed histories shape our sense of self. Mendez, as a first-generation American of Mexican-Colombian descent, engages with the transnational experience as it relates to ritual and cultural memory to create his artworks—exploring the tensions between fiction and truth, as well as visibility and absence.
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Harold Mendez’s photography, sculpture and installation works explore the tensions between fiction and truth, as well as visibility and absence. The artist’s work combines research with archival materials culled from geographic sites—objects that embody erased histories—to examine how historical constructions and geography shape our sense of self. As a first-generation American of Mexican-Colombian descent, Mendez’s practice draws from the transnational experience—and its relationship to both ritual and cultural memory.