ALISA SIKELIANOS-CARTER

New American Paintings, February 1, 2020

My work 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. I envision a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics.

 

Inspired by traditionally Black hairstyles, I use Web- and catalogue–sourced images to construct new archetypes existing in a luminous, otherworldly reality. Through opulent, large-scale paintings, their mixed media ranging from interference pigment to coarse mica, I create a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a site of alchemy and divinity.

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