Erica Mendoza is an artist from Jacksonville, FL, living and working as a fabricator and adjunct instructor in Knoxville, TN. She received her BFA in Studio Art/sculpture at the University of North Florida and her MFA in sculpture at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mendoza was a recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award in 2018. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Tennessee area, and recently in NYC, LA, and Chicago. Mendoza has recently served as a Hot Metal Artist in Residence at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, MN, as well as an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL.
everyone probably has their own analogy of how their mind stores information.
i imagine mine like how i’d organize an attic:
neat little boxes, stacked as high as i can reach;
mostly labeled, but i think i know the boxes well enough to know what’s in them.
unresolved feelings are probably in unmarked boxes.
sometimes i go into the attic looking for something specific:
to see if i still have it,
to see if it’s safe and sound,
but it’s not where i thought it was.
so i tear open all of these boxes looking for the stupid thing,
only to find all that i thought i’d forgotten.
it usually ends with me cross-legged on the floor,
everything i once loved and
what else can I remember?
my work is that shoebox underneath my bed,
the one with faded concert ticket stubs,
half punched loyalty cards,
it’s generated in the time waiting for type indicators,
the time spent calculating the exact distance between our mattresses,
and that time we tried to figure out what is actually considered a date.
Let’s talk about the weather: