Originally commissioned as part of the exhibition Witch Hunt, Mexico City-based artist Minerva Cuevas has created a site-specific painted mural on ICA LA’s façade. Female Earth (2021) reflects upon ideas of ecofeminism, informed by Carolyn Merchant’s 1980 book, The Death of Nature, which explores how the exploitation of both women and the earth expanded during the scientific revolution. The female body is a focal point amidst imagery of the landscape, pointing to ecological movements that link women directly with nature. A call to action in a state experiencing rising temperatures, fires, and drought because of climate change, Female Earth is in keeping with Cuevas’s longstanding interest in intervening in public spaces to agitate for change.
Minerva Cuevas, Female Earth, 2021. Installation view, Witch Hunt, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2021. Photo: Jeff McLane/ICA LA