Located in Detroit.
Alexandra Virginia Martin (b. 1993) (any/all) is an American sculptor living and working in Detroit. Raised in greater Detroit and Mexico City.
Fluent in Spanish. BFA in Fine Arts from College for Creative Studies, 2015. Martin has exhibited work in Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, New
Jersey, New York and in Puebla and Oaxaca, México. She has organized exhibitions in Detroit and Puebla. Martin’s work is site-specific and
its exhibition is often self-organized.
Martin is the sole-proprietor of anhelo anhelo, a nomadic project space for sculpture, video, translation, kindness and poetics, founded 2018.
Each of my works addresses a scale familiar to the body, whether it is a detail easily handheld or the scale of a part of a living space. Usual,
domestic. The scale draws from intimate exchange, interactions and relationships mediated and furthered by objects shared.
By casting, fabricating or encasing I give a weight, a taste, or a texture to a moment, to a sensation or a word that would otherwise lack the
specific sensory attribute. My work fragments the forms of language, mimicking the ways in which conversation and translation
do. When its materials are soft, wet, edible, they suggest the bodily entering and exiting through the mouth that is communication. When
made elemental, iron or concrete like foundation they solidify the delicate, vacillation, decision.
I am interested in modifying the actual physical interaction with an object, holding, trapping a specific space around it. Placing it in your
hand, but it is gelatin, that it could be swallowed. Pulling your eyes to mine while your hand is challenged with the responsibility of an
Some part of the work functions or performs, does so precariously. It fights to stand still. Quietly so as to lower the volume of the room. Often
incorporating a clumsiness in its movements, in the action of attaching or installing, that displays its sincerity.