Mexico (b. 1957)
Maruch Mendez, a native of K’atixtik, a hamlet in San Juan Chamula, has brought new life into the nearly extinct Chamula tradition of molding household objects from clay. Firing in an outdoor pit, she transforms earthly figures that capture the mythical imagination of her ancestors and her own life, often inspired by the wisdom of the Chamula oral tradition. Her clay sculptures are often an amalgam of earth, stones, bricks, moss, flowers and tree trunks, bolstered by accompanying videos that narrate the stories of her creations. She collaborates with the videoartist Humerto Gomez.