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A Spell is a Map to What is Meant for You
September 13 – October 30, 2022
Tuesday, September 13
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, In the Shape of My Memory #1, 2021, Acrylic, gouache, black mica, and glitter on paper, 50 x 38 1/2 inches
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter's first solo exhibition with the gallery presents several bodies of work exploring connections among ancestry, power, intuition, and the divine. The artist's mixed-media works on paper are akin to spells commanding the viewer to engage closely with the various textures – hard ground, velvety gouache, glittery mica, and other luminescent materials – mapping the diversity of the color black and of the Black experience.
Sikelianos-Carter creates devotional objects which embed within them the physical knowledge of ancestral DNA, and the spiritual knowledge passed up and down through generations. Like asteroids arriving to a future pulsating with energy of the world left behind, these are maps of celestial and human bodies that tell stories of survival and transcendence into a new world of unceasing freedom and protection.
I am the asteroid and the asteroid is me...
Video walkthrough of A Spell is a Map to What is Meant For You, 2022, shot by Walker Esner, music by Sean Desiree
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, On this Black Planet, 2020, Acrylic medium, acrylic gouache, black mica, pearl mica, celosia seeds, and glitter on panel, 48 x 48 inches
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Seeking, 2022, Acrylic, gouache, pearl mica, and glitter on archival paper, 22.5 x 30 inches
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, On Space and Intuition, 2022, Acrylic and glitter on archival paper
22 1/2 x 30 inches
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed-media artist from upstate New York. She has been awarded residencies at The Fountainhead Residency, Millay Arts, NXTHVN, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, Yaddo, Art Omi and Headlands Center for the Arts. Select exhibitions include group shows at James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Fridman Gallery, Beacon, NY. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Painting and Drawing.
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Courtesy of the Artist.