Alisa Sikelianos-Carter’s large-scale, mixed media paintings depict an other-worldly sphere “where Blackness is a manifestation of the divine.” Against atmospheric, cosmic skyscapes, Sikelianos-Carter places what she calls, “Future Ancestors,” deity-like and stoic figures, strong in both size and presence. Seeming to float above viewers, they are each adorned with a crown of coils of hair, braids, and cornrows in place of discernible facial features in a celebration of Blackness. Representing a manifestation of power through an unhindered and spectral future, these “GodX” honor an alchemic, ancestral past, while also creating “an escape from the many ways Black bodies are policed and demonized.”
Sikelianos-Carter received a BA and MA from University at Albany, State University of New York. She has been awarded multiple residencies most recently including a 2020 NXTHVN Studio Fellowship, New Haven, CT, and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.
(Quotes are taken from Sikelianos-Carter’s current artist statement.)