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Ximena Alarcon

Mexico
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Ximena Alarcon
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Mexican sculptor, Ximena Alarcon, spends her time between Perú, France, and México.  Her sculptural works, characterized by timeless forms, come from the rectangle and the square revealing designed architectural dimensions. She sees her work as a spatial search in which the final goal is "to realize as one, the immaterial space surrounding the piece, so it becomes another touchable volume." Her work has been shown at the Sebastian Foundation, at the Pablo Goebel Gallery, at the INCMNSZ in Mexico City, and the Santo Domingo Cultural Center in the city of Oaxaca. Her sculptural pieces can be found in the Sebastian Foundation collection, as well as in private collections in Barcelona, Mexico, ​​Paris, Stockholm, Denver and Washington, DC.

Artist Statement

My work is a constant search of the possibilities of movement, space and volume. l work on jewelry scale models that are turned into small and medium scale pieces, and I am always considering the possibility of them becoming monumental sculptures or human scale living spaces.

Mexican- French artist, Ximena Alarcon was born and raised in Mexico City. She became a French citizen in 2003 and after living twenty years in Paris, she moved to Lima, Peru where she now lives and works sharing her time with her studio in Mexico City. After her college education she studied fashion design for two years in Mexico City before enrolling in the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy, where she earned a Master’s degree in Development of Fashion Collections. On her return to Mexico in 1991, her interests turned to the plastic arts, which led to a collaboration with sculptor Javier Astorga. It was at this point in her life that her passion for sculpture and her creative potential emerged. In 1997 she moved to Paris where she discovered a new vocabulary in art and a new medium in jewelry. Her collaboration with jeweler Thierry Vendome reinforced her conception of jewelry as a form of sculpture. In 2002 she opened her first workshop in the Marais in Paris, an activity that she continues today under the name XAC. The esteem that Ximena Alarcon feels for Mexican pre-Hispanic architecture, which she considers a harbinger of abstract art, is referenced even in her earliest work. Another influence she acknowledges is that of the sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Francesco Marino di Teana.

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