Priscilla Aleman’s installation Origins of Devotion transforms the Sunroom into an overgrown, devotional environment that uses the body as an innate symbol in ceremony to convey the sacred, the afterlife and the deities of our time. Referencing traditional sculptures and ancient symbolism, Aleman examines archaeological materials and ecological transformations in the Americas, including the Caribbean, to create sites for ceremony and ritualized performances. Aleman’s sculptural installation will comprise an oceanic exchange of materials collected from the Global South. These will include belongings from family members, replicas of pre-Columbian artifacts and tropical flora from horticultural facilities.
Priscilla Aleman graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in sculpture. She combines her art practice working with archaeologists in Miami establishing the historic preservation committee. Aleman’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Margulies Collection, YoungArts, among other venues. She has participated in residencies at Wheaton Arts, Fountain Head and VCU Summer Studio Program, and has received numerous grants including The Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation, Cintas artist relief, and is a U.S. Presidential Scholar Finalist.