Alicia Brown

lives and works in New York. She studies at New York Academy of Art. Alicia Brown about her work: „My work is a visual performance, depicting a sub- culture in Jamaica. I am examining the phenomenon of hair dressing as a ritual, where women on the streets of Downtown Kingston Jamaica openly display what most persons would consider a private act. They transform their façade by adorning themselves with hair extensions, wigs and piercings as a form of fashion statements. I am interested in issues such as colonialism, cross culture, mass media, dancehall culture and their influence in constructing Jamaican/Caribbean identity. I am approaching the idea of hair adornment as a mode of constructing identity, through a series of self-portraits.“

Education
2012- Present
MFA Painting, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2009 B.F.A Painting, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica

2003 Diploma, (Art Education) Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica

Professional Experience
2003-2012 Visual Arts Teacher, Spanish Town High School, Jamaica

2006 Coach, Expert – World skills, (H.E.A.R.T) Kingston, Jamaica

2009 Coach, Expert – World skills, (H.E.A.R.T) Kingston, Jamaica

Group Exhibition
2012 Deck the walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Heads, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica
Art Fresh, Mutual Gallery, Kingston Jamaica
Shout, Studio 174, Kingston Jamaica

2011 Quartet, Bolivar Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
JCDC Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica
Passion, Pegasus Gallery, Kingston Jamaica

2010 Betty Bolivar Gallery, Sarasota Florida, USA
Question me Black, Studio 174, Kingston, Jamaica
Rejuvenation, Studio 174, Kingston, Jamaica

2009 Impressions in Blue, Studio 174, Kingston, Jamaica

2004 JCDC Cross Island Exhibition, Jamaica

2003 JCDC Cross Island Exhibition, Jamaica
Final Year Exhibition, Edna Manley College of Arts, Kingston, Jamaica
Our first time, Pegasus Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

Awards
2011 Merit Certificate, (JCDC) Art competition

2004 Bronze Medal (JCDC) Art competition

2003 Bronze Medal (JCDC) Art competition
Merit certificate (JCDC) Art competition