""A circle is symmetrically bisected by a vertical parallelogram, and an inset plane appears to advance as a square tilted on its side, which optically flips into a diamond shape. These three geometric shapes all change color where they intersect and overlap, creating colors relating to their symmetrical placements, and emphasizing a transparent alchemy between them. Dated 03.31.22. Geometry is often canonized as static, fixed, oppressive, but the central circle in this piece, and its centrifugal reference--as base for a spinning rotation--lends this piece a sense of dynamism in a twisting way. This is just one example of how geometry can optically insinuate dance-like motion, whether it be twisting, spinning or turning on an axis. The tension in the piece is therefore not just between two dimensional forms, but through the optical suggestion of the stable, two-dimensional doubling as a three-dimensional, moving force: the strength of form mirrored in their co-existence.""
- Alicia Sterling Beach
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Acrylic Paint, and Metallic and Iridescent Pigments on Primed, Unstretched, Cotton Canvas
56" x 72"
“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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