"Painting and drawing have often given me a way to escape bodily pain. I enjoy creating beauty, using color and light, because it gives me a way to feel more elevated than the trappings of my physical dimension. This is what I did as a three-year-old, confined to a traction device, and so my propensity for making fanciful color landscapes and other objects continues. The free and easy movement of this piece exemplifies the yearnings of my spirit, especially during days when I am in pain."
- Alicia Sterling Beach
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MIXED MEDIA ON UNMOUNTED CANVAS
55" x 51"
“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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