Media - 2021.59 - SAAM-2021.59_1 - 143019
Copied Cristina Córdova, Araña, 2004, hand built clay and stains, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Lorne E. Lassiter and Gary P. Ferraro, 2021.59

Artwork Details

overall: 27 14 × 15 18 × 9 38 in. (69.2 × 38.4 × 23.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Lorne E. Lassiter and Gary P. Ferraro
Mediums Description
hand built clay and stains
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Artwork Description

Cristina Córdova shapes earthly matter into mythic figures. This uncanny Araña (Spanish for spider), with its androgynous human torso on seven spindly legs, startles all sense of reality. The artist, who currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, grew up in Puerto Rico, where she was drawn to the prevalent icons of Catholicism—figures that bind together the contradictions of agony and ecstasy, corporeal and magical. Here, Córdova has begun a story and invites you to finish it. 


This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022



Quilt featuring the portrait of a woman
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World
May 13, 2022April 2, 2023
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.