Grant Summary
Artist Statement
I use performance, video and sculpture to address abjection and joy and the borders between proper and improper racial, gender and queer subjects. I draw inspiration from sexual subcultures to humorously and defiantly reimagine the aesthetic and affective dimensions of racial difference. I create sculpture out of casts & use a range of found and personal materials, from gypsum casts and nipple tassels made of horsehair to fur coats and hand-tooled leather. Through improvisatory material play, I bring parts together to open up sites of pleasure even as I consider the conditions that constrain racialized subjects’ everyday lives.
  • Se Viene 2018, Xandra Ibarra Metal, horsehair, acrylic paint, latex. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Ass Tassels 2018-2020, Xandra Ibarra Polymer gypsum, swivel fishhook, nylon tassel. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Strobelite Honeys 2019, Xandra Ibarra Polymer gypsum, resin, fur coats, hair, anti-theft device, stool, steel hardware, jewelry, chain, rubber mat, smoked cigarettes. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Lady Parts 2019, Xandra Ibarra Trailer fender, hair, rhinestones, thimbles, and nipple rings. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Tapatio Cock 2004, Xandra Ibarra Leather, rhinestones, glass bottles, hot sauce, spit, custom label, wood, steel hardware. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Nude Laughing 2016, Xandra Ibarra San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.