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Date of Birth: 19th April 1986
What is your favourite colour?
Favourite artist(s)… local or otherwise?
Nikolai Noel, Eddie Bowen, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Quinn.
In a nutshell, what do you do?… what medium… and how would you describe your genre?…
I suppose my work could generally be described as abstracted. During A’Levels I was heavily influenced by Brian Wong Wong’s paintings. I think his influence on my work is quite evident in my gouache paintings. I work with gouache, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, emulsion, etc., pretty much anything that can achieve what I want for what I am working on. I am very interested in religions and class/race relatioins.
How did you first get an interest in art?
I am been doing creative things for as long as I can remember. My mother enjoyed doing craft projects and always got me involved with what she was doing. She incouraged me to draw and paint. She also thought me how to sew.
Where/How did you learn?
Well I would say my mother was my first teacher, she showed me how to draw and colour certain things. We would sometimes draw and paint together. I remember winning a colouring competition in primary school when I was 5 years old. I persued art in Holy Name Convant at CXC and A Level. In form 6, I was very interested in art history so I used to look at a lot of books. I would get ideas of how to do things from the work that I liked. Currently, I am in my third year at the UWI doing a BA in Visual Arts and I am still learning. I will be learning untill the day I die!
A brief history of your career…
Like I said, I am in UWI so I am still a student. I have shown a few times in the last year, selling and getting a positive response from viewers.
What are some of your current art projects, personal or otherwise?
I am working on a short film exploring the racial make up of Trinidad, which will highlight an unseen relationship that exists between ‘black and white’. It will be screened at the final year exhibition of the UWI visual arts students sometime in June 2008. I am also working on a series of works that explore the human body.
What are some of your upcoming projects, personal or otherwise?
A series of pantings that will illustrate and comment on race relations in Trinidad.
Hobbies?… What do you do for kicks?
I enjoy reading but it often distracts me from my work. I listen to various types of music from different eras. I sometimes get ideas for what I am working on from listening to music. I like to swim and run for exercise but I am no athleate. And of course, like most trini’s, liming and partying with friends.
What’s your favourite food?
Wantons and pizza!!! But not together
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
I would be a vanara (an ape-like humanoid) so I could be a character in the Ramayana.
Okay and finally… what are your long term career/life ambitions?
My work will educate and contribute to society. I will suport myself and live comfortably off of my work. I will also be well travelled. And somewhere between all of that I will get married and have some kids.
Many thanks… anything else you’d like to add?
Positivity attracts positive energies.
Based on an October 31st, 2007 interview. View some of Alicia’s past work.
— Posted on Wednesday 1st November, 2017