Sonia Boyce emerged in the mid-1980s as a figurative painter and quickly became a major figure in the black British arts movement. Her works speak about racial identity and gender. Since the 1990s she has worked increasingly with what she calls “improvisational collaborations,” with her concerns gradually shifting to more generic issues around public versus private space; visibility and invisibility; and desire, intimacy and multiplicity. Materially she has traveled as well, now using wallpaper, photo-media, small ads, singing and hairstyling. She has exhibited extensively in galleries throughout Britain and beyond, and her works can be found in many public collections, including the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum.