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The work of visual artist Janna Aliese contemplates simultaneously being needy and fed in response to Acts 4:33a-34b:

"And God's grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them."

Acts 4:33-34

Untitled (Grace)


Janna Aliese


Curated by: 

Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel


16 x 20 inches, edition of 10

Digital C Print

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

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What if a concept so potent and abstract as grace were so viscerally actualized that no person within a community were in need? In what type of unknown utopia would we live were there a Force so powerful that neither you nor I nor any of our friends felt any need whatsoever?

This image seeks to consider two constructs: the act of community found in the sharing of wine at communion; and figure of a child, suspended in time and holding a bowl-like object, as if he were hovering along the fringe of time's seashore — at play yet in a posture of petition.

The enigmatic quality of this figure proffers consideration of the grace available in another world. He is, nonetheless, caught between these two worlds: simultaneously fed and hungry — a creature of Metamodern considerations.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Born in Los Angeles and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Janna Aliese‘s present base in New York has proved fruitful to her work in interdisciplinary collaboration, photography, sound, installation, writing, and drawing. Currently pursuing a Master in Fine Arts at Hunter College, she is a graduate of Asbury University, has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and completed an artist residency in Beijing, China, with Art International Residency Projects. She is the former Center Coordinator at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies (NYCAMS), and was the Collaborative Visual Arts Curator for the 2012 Chelsea Music Festival, which included, among other shows, curating OPEN CAGE: NEW YORK, a 75-person performance at Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, [ON SILENCE], a group exhibition at NYCAMS, and Silence, an interdisciplinary collaborative performance at the Rubin Museum of Art. She has exhibited her work internationally.

Janna Aliese

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