Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a Queer, Black, Femme, mixed-media artist who works and resides in Upstate New York. Sikelianos-Carter has participated in several residencies including a fully funded fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Artist-in-residence at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY) The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), The Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz, NY) and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE). In April 2018 she had her first solo show at Ori Gallery in Portland, OR and has exhibited Nationally at Collar Works, Troy, NY; Wa Na Wari Gallery, Seattle; Paradice Palase, Brooklyn; The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY; The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY; Iridian Gallery, Richmond, VA; Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA and White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR. She received both her Bachelors and Masters in Art from SUNY Albany with a concentration in drawing and painting.
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 African and Black-American hairstyles, she uses web and catalogue sourced images to construct these new saviors. Through large scale paintings and the employment of opulent, luminescent materials she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.