We inhabit an illusive space, where there is an ongoing struggle to find the missing pieces of self. We are all on the journey to be accepted and to feel a sense of belonging.

My work is about mimicry- what it means to mimic, what are the implications in employing this tool in the process of constructing post-colonial Caribbean identity and what significance this idea has in twenty first century art context. We are all aware of the narratives surrounding the issues regarding the influence of colonialism, mass-media, pop culture, western trends and their impact on the formation of identity, but who is telling the story and from what point of view? I would like to tell a story………

The act of copying or imitating dominant culture, is evident in the formation of sub-cultures resulting from class distortion that has its association with colonialism. With this in mind, I create works surrounding this duality that plays a vital role in the formation of cultural identity as a product that is constantly changing and not fixed. There is an obsession with the need for acceptance and belonging, I use my works to add to the ongoing dialogue on the subject of cultural identity and representation. Objects such as collars, hair, pearls, spoons, lace and cane are reoccurring in the works, and act as signifier of control, restriction and royalty/high society. These motifs are juxtaposed with figures in the works to highlight the tension regarding class struggles in society. I make reference to Dutch 16-17th century portraiture, where aspect of this history is appropriated and re-contextualized in its representation. I use the idea of portraiture as a tool that imitates the model, incorporating both traditional and contemporary painting languages to create a ‘story’ within the works.

 

 

 

 

Alicia Brown