Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed media visual artist working in Upstate New York. Sikelianos-Carter has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Millay Colony for the Arts Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project and Yaddo. Her recent exhibitions include group shows at The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. She has exhibited Nationally at Collar Works, Troy, NY; Wa Na Wari Gallery, Seattle; Paradice Palase, Brooklyn; Ori Gallery, Portland, OR; Iridian Gallery, Richmond, VA; Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA and White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.
Sikelianos-Carter asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that have served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. She envisions a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power and aesthetics.
Her luminous work envisions a speculative Afro-Futuristic dimension where Blackness represents both a breaking open of nothingness and a densely lustrous opportunity for the genesis of a new world.
Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, Sikelianos-Carter uses web and catalogue sourced images to construct these new saviors. With her luminous, opulent large scale paintings she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.