A painting with a blue ground and abstract intertwined figures in black.

"The Greater the People, the Wider the Cascade," 2022; acrylic medium, gouache, glitter, black and pearl mica on archival paper; 21 ¼ x 72 inches. Photo by Alon Koppel Photography.

Alisa Sikelianos-Carter

Artist Statement

My work asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has 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 catalog- sourced images to construct new archetypes. With my opulent, luminous paintings, I am creating a mythology centered on Black resistance and utilizing the body as a site of alchemy and divinity.

While at Headlands

I’m so excited to continue experimenting with material and expanding on the narrative aspects of my work. I can’t wait to be in a new environment and experience all the ways it will inspire me.


Artist photo by Kyle Flubacker.