ALEC AITA ★ Altered

In the theme of this call, we repurposed Alec Aita’s glass and steel sculpture, Altered. A popular work in the 2019 show, Roanoke Rising, the work now is explored through another lens in Reimagining Roanoke.

How is the piece seen differently in this context? How do the viewer’s expectations shape the experience of the art? Similarly, how do our expectations shape our experience of our place?

Altered, 2017
Steel & Cast Glass


My practice centers on the ideology of art being the psychological experience that is present within the viewer. I want to present the opportunity for one to interact, explore, and question what it is they are viewer leading to their own understanding and interpretation of the work without being influenced by certain elements that were vital to me while creating. I approach the physicality of my work as a map, it is there to act as a blueprint enticing conversation, presenting space, and raising questions that can only be confronted on their own terms. It is a source of identity, searching for meaning while trying to make sense of experience and the world around you. 

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