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Answering the call to create: abqjournal / Journal North

Alicia Piller in the Albuquerque Journal / Journal North in New Mexico

Art Bio

“Walking the line of science and history, my work endeavors to reconcile questions about existence. I create sculptural work using original techniques with leather, detailed with found materials. I invent structures that are biological in essence but speak directly to divine energy. The goal of each piece: convey an understanding of the validity of science and the unseen energies. Biological patterns and cross-section like designs were first born out of numerous inspections of my father’s medical books, are interwoven with references from the natural world. Historical themes stem from my love of storytelling, the history of earthly objects, and my degree in the study of anthropology.

I breathe life into constructed components; transforming the new and discarded in order to transport the viewer into a new world. I save 85% of my waste: leather scraps & experimental shapes, incorporating them into each work; what I call art composting. My interests involve experimenting with the re-creation of specific biological cells, diseases & anatomy tied to the African diaspora. I am interested in re-creating small-scale cellular and anthropomorphic shapes, combining these ‘studies’ into larger undecipherable forms; with the goal of linking the subject of race, with biology, spiritual energies, & the universe.” – Alicia Piller

em090616f/jnorth/Alicia Piller has created a sculpture in her back yard that will be in AHA Festival. Photo shot in Santa Fe, Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616f/jnorth/Alicia Piller has created a sculpture in her back yard that will be in AHA Festival. Photo shot in Santa Fe, Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616i/jnorth/Some of the jewelry Alicia Piller creeates in her studio in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616i/jnorth/Some of the jewelry Alicia Piller creeates in her studio in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616g/jnorth/Alicia Piller has created a sculpture in her back yard that will be in AHA Festival. Photo shot in Santa Fe, Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616g/jnorth/Alicia Piller has created a sculpture in her back yard that will be in AHA Festival. Photo shot in Santa Fe, Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616i/jnorth/Alicia Piller creeated this sculpture from her grandfather's slides in her home in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616i/jnorth/Alicia Piller creeated this sculpture from her grandfather’s slides in her home in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616j/jnorth/One of the designs Alicia Piller created in her studio in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

em090616j/jnorth/One of the designs Alicia Piller created in her studio in Santa Fe. Photo shot Tuesday, September 6, 2016. T(Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

READ FULL STORY HERE    By Jackie Jadrnak / Journal North Reporter

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Art Bio

 Alicia has had an interest in the arts since her childhood, in the ‘Trash Room’ at the Chicago Children’s Museum is one of the earliest places Alicia was initiated into the practice of art making. Much of the diversity in Alicia’s present artwork is from influences as a child. Born to one African American, and one Jewish parent – exposure to the world, her themes of nature and the cosmos, and other influences can be traced directly back to a wealth of childhood experiences. By 17, she was already in tune with her creative intuition, erecting a magnitude of work stretching beyond kid-friendly debris of the Children’s Museum. She was a participant in Gallery 37 a Youth Arts program for over five years, and was involved in a number of arts and science programs for gifted students.  Alicia received her B.A. from Rutgers University for studies in both Anthropology and Fine Arts with a focus on painting. After graduating Alicia relocated to New York City to pursue a career as a professional artist. In her first year out of college Alicia started the business Designs by Alicia P which began with selling her own: hand-painted clothing & paintings but eventually grew to be an entire line of Jewelry designs each one hand made and based on her interests in anthropology, and with a roots in sculptural work.

Over the ten years that Alicia has run her own business, she has honed and perfected her unique style of art using suede leather, found objects, and other mixed media to create jewelry, wall hangings and now large format sculptures. Alicia has participated in a countless number of exhibitions including juried shows in New York and Chicago, as well as an invitational exhibition in London. In 2013 she was recognized by several arts funding organizations, and her work has been featured in major studio films, television programs, print, & digital media outlets.

Currently, Alicia is expanding her signature aesthetic now focusing on combining her creative modalities into one multi-sensory experience in the form of sculpture and installation work. In 2015, Alicia is excited to have been invited to travel to India to participate in the Art Castle International Art Residency. Alicia continues to exhibit her work regularly as well as designing custom work for private clients.

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SKILLS:

Customer Service representative, salesperson; merchandise expeditor, artist, painting using multi-medias.   Jewelry designing and instruction; clothing designs (also sell my own line of hand painted shirt designs); arts and crafts including sculpture, pottery and glass paint designs, molding with plaster, wax and clay; calligraphy, etc. Assistant clown: worked for seven years as Glitter the Clown, painting faces, making balloon sculptures, performing magic, and organizing children’s games.

PERSONAL &
AWARDS

My jewelry designs have been featured in magazines. My paintings have been showcased in exhibits in Chicago, featured on the front cover of Rutgers’ Visual Art Program, New Jersey. My jewelry has be worn by celebrities i.e. Phylicia Rashād, Jill Scott, Michele Money and many others. Sold my jewelry designs and artwork in various trade shows, such as Pool Trade Show in Las Vegas and the One of A Kind Show in New York and Chicago. Received achievement awards for canvas paintings, paintings on park benches and furniture. Received business loans: Project Enterprise & Accion USA. Member of the Extensive travel to various countries gathering creative ideas.

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