Museum of Latin American Art Extra Credit Paper: Gabriel De La Mora
Gabriel de la Mora was born in Colima, Mexico in 1968. The forty three year old artist has dominated the contemporary art production in Mexico. De la Mora completed his BA in Architecture from Universidad Anahuac del Norte, Mexico City. He also has a MFA with honours in Photography and Video from Pratt Institute in New York. A couple years after he finished his MFA, he started his work residency at Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts Saint-Etienne, France.
Since the start of his career as an artist, he has created numerous dynamic and intellectual pieces. His work thrived and caught a lot of media attention in both Mexico and the ...view middle of the document...
The battle of breaking the piñata of his replication could be interpreted as an act of self-destruction. The artist explained that the destruction of the piñata is an exploration of the concept of the self-portrait as the “construction” of one’s self. The plexiglass box containing the final product of the whole art production contains de la Mora’s “organs” which constitutes the artwork that is created by deconstructing or destroying another (the piñata). Thus, de la Mora believes that creation and destruction are connected in an infinite cycle.
Besides the creation and destruction symbolic value, the symbolism of de la Mora’s art work come wrapped with ambiguity. Some critics suggest that “39-G.M.C.-23.sept07” reflects the rejection of his Mexican identity through the demolition of the piñata. After looking at other art works he has produced as a whole, many other works illustrate the embracement of his immediate family. De la Mora demonstrates his Mexican identity through the members of his family. In works like 1951-G.M.25-1993, he depicts his late father at the age of twenty five; he shoes him again at the age of thirty nine (1965-G.M.39-2007). Both of these art pieces are both created by the hair from the heads of de la Mora’s father and siblings, and the artist himself. Many believe that the act of utilizing one’s hair, which contains the artist’s DNA, in their own artwork is the ultimate act of embracing and show one’s history. In this mix of uncertain meanings lies poetry.