Alisa Sikelianos-Carter USA, b. 1983
“I’m stretching out time in a way that doesn’t just go forward. If you had a telescope long enough, from far enough away you could look through it and see Egyptians building pyramids right now. All time is happening at every moment.”
- Alisa Sikelianos-Carter
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed-media painter from upstate New York. Her work asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has 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.
Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, Sikelianos-Carter uses web and catalogue-sourced images to construct new archetypes. Through her exploration 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.
“I want to live in a world in which every micro-aggression, attack on humanity, and doubt of divinity aimed at Black people is destroyed by future-sent deities,” says Sikelianos-Carter. “These Godx are completely enveloped and adorned by magnificent cornrows, dreadlocks, and twists. The hairstyles act as armor and weapon, protecting and repelling wearers from white supremacy and misogyny. These are the beings I create. My wildest dreams realized; a marriage between the spectral beings we (as Black people) can and will transform into as a result of the culture we currently live in with the majesty, magic, and tradition of our ancestors.”
Recent exhibitions of Sikelianos-Carter's work include Realms of Refuge, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL; NXTHVN Fellows Group Show, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Wabi-Sabi, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK; Beasts Like Me: Feminism and Fantasy, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Engage: Artists in Visual Dialogue, Esther Massry Gallery, Saint Rose College, Albany, NY and Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Sikelianos-Carter was featured in New American Paintings, No. 146, Northeast Issue and recieved the Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. Sikelianos-Carter has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; and Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL; and she is a current NXTHVN Studio Fellow in New Haven, CT. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.
Alisa Sikelianos-CarterThe Ocean Beneath the Ocean with Water Made of Diamonds, 2021Acrylic, gouache, abalone shell, and glitter on archival paper29 1/2 x 42 in
74.9 x 106.7 cm
Alisa Sikelianos-CarterListen and Behold. A Story/telling, 2020Ink, acrylic gouache, acrylic medium, powdered pigment, gold foil, silver foil, interference pigment, glitter, and collage on archival paper
120 x 120 in
304.8 x 304.8 cm
Realms of RefugeKavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth St. Chicago, IL 60607 10 Jul - 30 Oct 2021Kavi Gupta is proud to present Realms of Refuge, a group show bringing together for the first time new works by eight of the most dynamic artists working today: Dominic Chambers, Allana Clarke, Basil Kincaid, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Suchitra Mattai, Michi Meko, Devan Shimoyama, and Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.