Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed media visual artist living and working in upstate New York. Sikelianos-Carter has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project and Yaddo. Her recent exhibitions include group shows at The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. She has exhibited nationally at Collar Works, Troy, NY; Wa Na Wari Gallery, Seattle; Paradice Palase, Brooklyn; Ori Gallery, Portland, OR; Iridian Gallery, Richmond, VA; Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA; and White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.
Sikelianos-Carter’s body of 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. She envisions a cosmically luminous 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. With her opulent, large-scale paintings she is creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a sight of alchemy and divinity.