Erica Mendoza is an artist from Jacksonville, FL, living and working in Knoxville, TN. She received her BFA with a concentration in sculpture at the University of North Florida and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate in sculpture and Graduate Teaching Associate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mendoza’s work has been exhibited throughout the Jacksonville and Knoxville area, and recently in New York City, NY. Mendoza has recently served as a Hot Metal Artist in Residence at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, as well as an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville.
"Readily available imagery, familiar objects, and personal relics present both painful personal anecdotes and relatable tropes chronicling the cyclical nature of romantic relationships. I am interested in the physical and intangible links that bind two individuals together: what connects Point A to Point B. Works are an investigation of giving form to communication by drawing a line through the space between two bodies, as well as a meditation on the experience of intimacy without immediate proximity.
A thread is a thread: a strand of fiber that irrevocably damages the surface in order to mend, assemble, and reassemble. The use of text transforms words into image that serves as a substitute or stand-in for another person. Catharsis is often a byproduct of tedious hand-embroidery processes. The repetition of action creates a forced remembrance, though the objective is 'letting go,' 'forgetting,' and 'saying goodbye.'
I create evidence that serves as proof that events happened and what I felt was real. Works act as a bookmark in time and space, saving a place that I can come back to. They become an amplification of my insignificant moments and a narration of monumental ones. My present tense is, therefore, a reaction to my past. My internal rebuttal is an incessant search for stability in a constantly evolving future."
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