"The diamonds in this piece overlap a 'stage' composed of varying planes. Where they overlap, and how they change color as a result, is not symmetrical, though the overall structure is. This optical interplay enhances a sense of the unexpected and playful. 'All the world is a stage' -- as William Shakespeare put it -- reminds me that the physical world, while a mirror to our inner-experience of life, does not define or have to inhibit my authentic being. My inner awareness, way forward, life's purpose, or relationship with what my soul holds as sacred, is always relative to the divine, not to my particular set of circumstances. Because my body is not symmetrical, exercising symmetry in my art, mostly by drawing with both hands simultaneously, helped me to heal my mind and body. In addition, against the backdrop of a symmetrical, perfect ideal, I became more aware of my physical limitations and asymmetry -- which I was blinded to before -- was able to accept them, and eventually work toward healing myself more effectively, when and where possible."
- Alicia Sterling Beach
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“As the culture of art is always changing, it keeps me on my toes. As the audience for it changes, I change. Also, the more endowed I am with life-experience, the more I like to challenge myself to selflessly serve the highest good, often through my art."
Alicia was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lived between the U.S. and Brazil, where her parents resided. An accident she experienced as a young child left her with movement issues. She has spent the majority of her adult life coping with chronic pain from degenerative chronic osteoporosis. As a result, she has also experienced housing insecurity.
Alicia hopes to advocate for people who are living with homelessness and disabilities, some of which may appear “hidden” to an outside observer. She writes: “Ironically, I live with a disability that is degenerative, and I always have to stay active to avoid pain setting in. I appear highly functional, and my appearances in no way reflect the realities of my everyday quality of life. I’ve had to ignore the pain a lot, but sometimes it catches up with me emotionally.”
Alicia has always used art as a way toward enhancing meaning and beauty in her world. She uses materials such as watercolor, colored pencils, and soft pastels which offer a wide-ranging color palette enabling her to bring forth the delicacy of light. With drawing, abstraction and her symmetrical themes, she intends to create harmony and balance.
Alicia loves to laugh and bring joy to those around her through comedy. She enjoys spending time at the ocean, gardening, acting, singing and - when not in physical pain - dancing.
Alicia has earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. She has exhibited extensively and dreams that one day her art will be in museum collections. She is thrilled to have her art for sale on ArtLifting and to share her work and story with a larger audience.
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