The work of Sonia Boyce occupies a special place within the recent history of British art, encouraging and challenging us to ask what it means to be a black woman artist in a hierarchical art world, and to confront the difficult and vexing questions surrounding inter-racial relations in a cosmopolitan society where cultural identities still condense around myths of nationhood.
This monograph traces the artist’s trajectory from early graphic work, which subtly weaves a complex tapestry of the memories, desires and constrains that mark the formative years of a young woman subject to differing cultural values, to the recent mixed-media work which, drawing on familiar elements of British popular culture and cinema, addresses society’s positioning of individuals in terms of race, class and gender.
The sensitive and authoritative essay by Gilane Tawadros is accompanied by a parallel commentary selected from the artist’s diary notes, detailing those moments and encounters which she felt to be most significant in the development of her thought and art practice.
Gilane Tawadros is an art historian and the Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), London.
ISBN 0 947753 09 5
96pp with 35 colour and 40 b&w illus Paperback