Sonia Boyce

AIR Gallery

Sonia Boyce is young, just three years out of college, but she is already acquiring considerable status here. The reasons for this, and the problems surrounding such a precipitate rise, are interesting. She was born in London in the early ’60s of West Indian parents, and her work displays the visual legacy of a childhood spent in Carribean immigrant surroundings. She speaks of attempting, in the absence of any alternative model, to generate a visual language from the experiences of growing up in rooms loaded with bright patterns that often clashed violently. What accounts for much of her success so far is the extent to which her drawings are seen merely as an extension of that history, as exotic surfaces designed to celebrate otherness, as a sustained and eloquent reiteration of blackness and black sensibility within Britain.

However, to press eager praise upon an artist for a mark-making

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