Details:

This composition uses a film still taken from a document of the artist at work. The film still depicts the artist making a sterling silver death mask inspired by pre-Columbian cultural practices. This composition directly references ancient Mesoamerican tributes, reimagining the transformative moment of firing a Mesoamerican death mask vessel.
Framed: 11.9 x 11.6 x 1.5 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

In reverence, an offering

This composition uses a film still taken from a document of the artist at work. The film still depicts the artist making a sterling silver death mask inspired by pre-Columbian cultural practices. Mendez created this sculptural work for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Both the collage and the 2017 sculpture contemplate themes of transformation and containment. However, this composition directly references ancient Mesoamerican tributes, reimagining the transformative moment of firing a Mesoamerican death mask vessel.

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.

Specs:

10.5 inches
10.88 inches
with frame
11.63 inches
11.94 inches

③ Artist:

Harold Mendez

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.

Harold Mendez:
In reverence, an offering, 2021
Collage, offset printing, cardboard, pigment and wax marking pencil on paper
10.9 × 10.5 inches /