Xandra Ibarra

Shared Body

My current research in sculpture develops ideas that emerge from the exploration of nightlife
ephemera as material to figure the body as a deviant and precarious. Using a combination of
materials such as rotting plaster, sex work accouterment, discarded household items, and used
car parts; I attempt to enliven body attributes as confrontational, unstable, and defective yet
playful. My research asks if the material – rot/fungus- and architectural rendering of the
sculptural bodies can enact a politic that does not rely on the overdetermined demand for “better”
or more “proper” forms of representation for minoritarian populations.