Selected Works from Crowns
Wa Na Wari is partnering with Virago Gallery to exhibit the work of Alisa Sikelianos-Carter.
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. 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 on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.
Opening Artist Reception: Saturday, June 1st, 7pm-9pm
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 and The Wassaic Project in spring/summer 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 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.
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.