Irene’s work focuses on the ontological nature of the relationship between bodies in space and tries to overcome the dualism body-thought toward an awareness of the ways in which we relate to each other. An essential element in her practice is the precise moment when the encounter between bodies occurs and the relationship begins. The bodies embody the potential of the instant and become the central pivot of reflection.
The body in her work is not perceived only as physicality, as Irene’s research highlights above all the “incorporeal conditions of corporeality: the excesses beyond and within the corporeity that frame, orient, and direct things and material processes, and especially living beings, so that they occupy space and time, have a possible meaning and directions that go beyond their corporeity” (E. Grosz).
The chaos in which we are immersed every day, paradigm of contemporary being, is another element of study in her artistic research. The contemporary social structure no longer communicates content according to a logic of exchange and decoding and, therefore, the saturation of stimuli causes the communication to turn into white noise, into chaos, which becomes the very order of society. The artist, in Irene’s vision, must not distract the ear from the white noise but must listen to it and consciously re-organise the stimuli, choosing how to compose them, rearranging them to build a different narration, today more necessary than ever.
In dealing with these themes, important elements of her work are sound, language, and rhythm and, for this reason, Irene combines different media to create immersive installations, in which the interaction of the audience becomes a fundamental and constitutive element of the work itself.