Discussion Questions: Ana Mendieta’s Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother)

Ana Mendieta, Tallus Mater (Madre Tallo/Stem Mother), 1982; 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

  1. What is the first thing you noticed about this work of art? Why do you think you noticed that first?
  2. What associations do you have with the materials used in this work of art? How does the choice of materials contribute to your reaction to the work? How would the work be different if it were made of some other material?
  3. Take a look at the title. How does knowing the title change the way you think about this work?
  4. If you were going to make a work with the same title, what material/s would you use?

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