About Alicia-Pearl Cato
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My work is heavily influenced by music and the media. These ever-changing influences ensure that I constantly react to what is going on around me, be it the success of a black musician, or a discriminatory comment made by a leading world company. I often create responses to these events by combining textiles, text-based art and portraiture to generate questions and curiosity around these events and the effect they have on our society.I use my paintings to propose controversial statements and provoke conversations about race with those around me. With a strong focus on identity and the celebration of black culture, and by using my Afro-Caribbean heritage as an underlying stimulus, I explore the themes of racism, feminism, gender and their stereotypes.