Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
Music and Art
Alisa was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1975. As a child I emigrated to New York City with my mother and grandmother. Growing up in the projects of the Lower East Side in a matriarchy during the 1980’s and 90’s had a great influence on my personal and artistic aesthetic.
The symbiosis of East and West is imperative to my work, the crossing of these two cultural vantage points acts as a prism which reflects a constant narrative. I am fascinated with human themes such as heritage, immigration, childhood, memory, and dreams. Using organic materials like wood, glass, soil, water, and incorporating found objects, video, animation and original drawings, I strive to create a personal and emotionally charged dialogue between the viewer and the work. I am co-creator and curator of the The Dream Mapping Project. An international collaborative research endeavor which bridges dream science with the creative process.
Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. Germany (2009/2012)
St. Petersburg Art and Design Academy. Russia (1998/2004)
Laguardia High school of Music and Art. New York, NY. (1991/1994)
Research and Projects
Exhibition and Curatorial History
2016 – Present; The Dream Mapping Project co-creator, curator, and researcher in an ongoing international art and dream research project sponsored by the Sleep and Dream Database.
2021 International Association of Dreams Conference virtual performance /Dream tell
2021 Freuds Museum of Dreams, St. Petersburg Russia. Big Dream Performance (Featuring Siankho Namtchylak )
2021 SevCabel Port Arts Center. St Petersburg, Russia. Big Dream Performance (Featuring Siankho Namtchylak )
2020 Performance Series, Fridman Gallery. NYC
The Dream Mapping Project presented its latest art film Seeing Through Corners, featuring members of the troupe and a 15 minute performance, Kanika, involving spoken word, original music, and dance. The Dream Mapping Project is a group of international artists and researchers exploring the archetypal language of dreams through analysis and improvisational embodiment.
2019 The Dream Mapping Project Performance Series, Kerkrade, Netherlands.
Group Exhibition History
2019 Open Doors Open Studios, The Clemente Center, NYC
2019 Constructing a Praxis of Artist/Educator, Columbia University, NYC
2018 Ophelia ‘I feel Ya’ Lucas Lucas Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. NYC
2018 In Form: Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY
2012 Nine Days, Cologne Academy of Media Arts. Cologne, Germany
2011 Little Martyrs, Irondale Theater Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 The Somatic Mirror 2, Brickbottom Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 New York City Visions Video and Film Still Exhibition, Macey Gallery, Columbia University, New York,
2008 Verge Art Fair, Miami
2008 Nightmare for 2, Umbrella House, New York. NY
2007 Visually Dependent, IUAV Venice, Italy
2006 Young Artists of Russia, Central House of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia
2006 The Secret, Medalia Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Works on permanent display G.R. Shtiglitz Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2004 Russia’s Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, Manege Central Exhibition Hall,
St. Petersburg, Russia
Solo Exhibition History
2017 Personal Luminary, Concord Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia
2016 Advanced Drawing, Gallery 31. New York, NY
2013 Dysfunctional Prophets, Moltkerai Werkstatt. Cologne, Germany
2011 Fascination Anxiety, Color Blind Gallery. Cologne, Germany
2009 Dreams revisited, Art Souterrain. Cologne, Germany.
2020 KultureFactory Contemporary International Artist Residency, Naples, Italy
2018 Brooklyn Public Library Teaching Artist Residency
2007 Private Grant for project production ILA Corporation, Germany. 2006 Sculpture Society education grant, New York, NY.
2006 Innovative use of material Award New Approach. New York. NY.
Honors, Awards and Affiliations