Ana Mendieta used her own body, together with elemental materials such as blood, fire, earth and water, to create visceral performances and ephemeral ‘earth-body’ sculptures that combine ritual with metaphors of life, death, rebirth and spiritual transformation. In the mid-to late 1970s Mendieta made a series of works called Arbol de la Vida, or Tree of Life. For this particular work Mendieta plastered herself in mud before standing, with raised arms, at the base of a living tree. Tree of Life featured in a retrospective of the artist’s work at the Hayward Gallery in 2014.


  • Title: Tree of Life
  • Creator: Ana Mendieta
  • Date Created: 1976
  • Location Created: London, United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: h20.5 x w25.5 cm
  • Medium: Colour photograph, lifetime print

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