Replicas is a light installation that utilizes the entire ceiling space of the Kirkland Art Center’s main staircase entrance. This structure consists of thousands of white cylinders of various sizes dipped into acrylic and sewn together. The result of this process is an architectural form that resembles a chaotic hand built honeycomb. Each cylinder or cell stores light.
As a novice beekeeper Basinger takes inspiration from her visual experiences while working in the hive. She is also interested in the fusion between functional and sculptural aspects of a light structure. Replicas will act as a hybrid between contemporary commercial minimalist light structures and architectural elements that Basinger currently employs in her sculptural work.
Midwest native Alicia Basinger studied ceramic arts at The Cleveland Institute of Art, earning her BFA degree in 2004. She received an MFA degree from the University of Washington in 2008. Basinger uses a broad range of materials and processes to create sculptural and functional objects. In addition to exhibiting her work nationally she has taught ceramics at various community centers in the greater Seattle area. In 2009 she was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School and a resident artist at the Seattle non-profit Pottery Northwest, 2010-2011. Basinger has been awarded both GAP and Artist Project Grants to assist with creation of new work for the staircase light installation Replicas shown at the Kirkland Arts Center.