Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed media artist who works and resides in Upstate New York. In January 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and will attend a residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY in spring 2019. In April 2018 she had her first solo show at Ori Gallery in Portland, OR and has exhibited Nationally at Collar Works, Troy, NY; Virago Gallery, Seattle;Concepto Gallery, Hudson, NY; Paradice Palase, Brooklyn; Iridian Gallery, Richmond, VA; Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA and The Harriet Tubman Gallery, Boston. She received both her Bachelors and Masters in Art from SUNY Albany with a concentration in drawing and painting.
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.
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 envision a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power and aesthetics.
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 luminescent materials she is creating a mythology that is centered around Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.