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Erica Mendoza: Visual Love Letters

Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville

By Claire Fenton

Erica Mendoza exhibits at MOCA Jacksonville as part of the Museum’s student residency program. A sculpture student at the University of North Florida, she started working in September 2014 in a studio space on the fifth floor of the Museum to complete a new body of work to be exhibited at “Visual Love Letters,” her solo show that took place from December 2014 to March 2015. In less than 13 weeks, she completed eight pieces while interacted with visitors and the museum’s staff.

Erica Mendoza, Plague Doctor Mask 01, 2012, steel, flowers, potpourri, leather. 12” x 6.5” x 8.25.” Photo: Dan Becke, Jacksonville, Florida. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.

Erica Mendoza, Plague Doctor Mask 01, 2012, steel, flowers, potpourri, leather. 12” x 6.5” x 8.25.” Photo: Dan Becke, Jacksonville, Florida. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville.

A native of Jacksonville, Mendoza lived in Japan, Hawaii and San Diego while her father worked in the U.S. Navy. She attended Duncan U. Fletcher and First Coast high schools before applying to UNF. A high school ceramics class confirmed her desire to pursue art. Most of Mendoza’s body of work is autobiographical, as she finds inspiration in personal experiences and events. In her recent works, she explores themes such as losing love, healing, feeling content and finding new love. She collects them under the social media hashtag #VisualLoveLetters.

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