«My Second Xena. Rebirth» was made in 2016, 6 years after the creation of «My Second Xena I». «My Second Xena. Rebirth» is a replica and continuation of her sculpture prototype. Moreover, this figure became the first common art project with Uleg Vinnichenko - an architect-engineer, husband and muse of Maria Kulikovska.
«My Second Xena. Rebirth» is the first experimental sculpture-cast of Kulikovska's own body, which was created from new material - the epoxy resin. Furthermore, in the process of working Uleg made a decision to change the metal frame to a chain. Such a decision became, eventually, the permanent method of work with sculpture by MKUV.studio. The chain of restraints is an additional support for the sculpture's sustainability. Creation of sculpture from new material is a symbolic act: «My Second Xena I» and other sculptures from the series «Army of Clones» and «Homo Bulla - Human as Soap Bubble» that were shown at the exhibition «Gender» at Izolyatsia Art Centre and shot by a group of pro-Russian terrorists. The impossibility to go back to Kulikovska's «old» self became the reason for creation of the sculpture in another color and another material.
«My Second Xena I» is the first sculpture-copy of Maria Kulikovska's body. The figure was created in 2010 in the basement of the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. The sculpture was represented at the contest of young Ukrainian artists (MUHi 2010) resulting in Maria Kulikovska taking part in the group exhibition for the first time. «My Second Xena I» became the beginning of the artist's research of her own body, her physicality, her understanding of who she is and her self-perception as a human and woman.
The name of this artwork is related to the first name, which Maria Kulikovska has received from her mother at the time of birth, - Xena. The artist didn't know about this until just before 2010 year. It prompted Kulikovska to start looking for the identity through sculpture practice. After the creation of the sculpture, the artist has been able to consider herself fully first. She has been able to see different sides of herself, which are physically invisible.
At that time, Maria Kulikovska studied architecture at the National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture in Kyiv, where the majority of teachers were men, who were skeptical about the experiments of the girls in the group. This was the time, when at the Academy it was believed, that the professional women sculptors don't exist. This partly explains Kulikovska's sculptures and her wish to protest. The replicas of the artist's body give her a field for discussion concerning the woman's position in contemporary society.
Maria Kulikovska's architectural education has led to an integrated approach to work with sculpture. The artist always considered the architecture as a shell, membrane, body of the space, public body, society body, social body, which had led a human existence. The base of the working with space planning Maria Kulikovska always concentrated around working with the body. The sculpture-cast «My Second Xena I» became the point of return research of the body as an architectural unit. Creating copies of own body, the artist wants to separate from herself and see herself from different sides. Moreover, she wants to track the borders of the internal and external boundaries and to see how the body will interact with space. The process of casting from Kulikovska's body and working with a human's shell is an endless creativity-as-a-research. She's still creating new forms for the monitoring and tracking the transformation of her body.
In 2021, the MKUV.studio's sculptures, including «My Second Xena. Rebirth», were presented in the Ukrainian Pavilion of NordArt 2021, where Maria Kulikovska became one of five favorite artists of The Public Choice Award.