Free and open

Erica Mendoza

2017 Hot Metal Artist

Commit You to Memory

3” x 29” x 19”
Cast iron

Artist Statement

I create evidence that serves as proof that events happened and what I felt was real. Works act as a bookmark in time and space, saving a place that I can come back to. They become an amplification of my insignificant moments and a narration of monumental ones. My present tense is, therefore, a reaction to my past. My internal rebuttal is an incessant search for stability in a constantly evolving future.

I am interested in the physical and intangible links that bind two individuals together: what connects Point A to Point B. Works are an investigation of giving form to communication, through time-consuming and/or repetitive labor. With this current propensity toward the tedium, the “handmade” becomes imperative as a direct record of my existence.

Erica Mendoza


Born: Jacksonville, FL, 1992
Resides: Knoxville, TN

• MFA, Sculpture, University of Tennessee, 2018 (expected)
• BFA, Sculpture, University of North Florida, 2014

Selected Exhibitions
• 2017 SECAC Juried Exhibition, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
• Orange/5, Unix Gallery, New York, NY, 2017
• Visual Love Letters, solo exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, 2014

Selected Collections
• Gerdau Ameristeel, Knoxville, TN
• University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Selected Awards
• Charles and Ann Pfitzer Residency/Internship Award, 2017
• Juror’s Discretionary Award in Sculpture, 2016
• Shipley Swan Fellowship, 2015