Miguel Enrique Lastra
Miguel Enrique Lastra (he/him) is a sculptor working in clay, sound, data, and installation. He is interested in the representation of marginalized bodies within the western canon of figurative sculpture.
Lastra is a queer, Puerto Rican ceramic sculptor and installation artist. Reflecting on the history and legacy of western depictions of bodies in visual culture, he uses ceramics, fiber, audio, and visual coding to expand the array, orientations, and augmentations of bodies depicted in space. Lastra is especially interested in the possibility and multiplicity of the Radical Body as a disruptor of the corporeal hegemony and its expansive roster to include queer, nonhuman, and unidealized bodies. He received his MFA in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2022, and his BFA in Studio Art at the University of New Mexico in 2018. Lastra has been the recipient of a Windgate Scholarship, a Hyundai Motor Group Research Fellowship, and the Butler Family Graduate Fellowship. He is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2022.