This five foot tall [hanging?] sculpture comprises three loops of bent ficus-tree roots. The loops of bundled roots are long and thin, bent into smooth curves at the top and gathered to a point at the bottom. Individually they resemble the eyes of large sewing needles. Two of the loops have been positioned side-by-side to create an elongated heart shape. The third, slightly shorter loop has been slipped between them, adding an extra bump above the middle of the heart’s arches. The thin brown roots are dry and wiry, and errant strands and small yellowed leaves poke out from the bundled loops in several places. No wires, strings, or binding agents are readily discernible.
Ana Mendieta
Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother), 1982

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother)
Artist name
Ana Mendieta
Date created
ficus tree roots
60 1/2 in. x 24 1/4 in. x 4 in. (153.67 cm x 61.6 cm x 10.16 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Fractional purchase through gift and gift of Lenore Pereira and Rich Niles, and Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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