The hidden valley

Alcock, Pearl

‘Everything I do has to come from my head,’ Alcock explains, ‘and that’s why there’s no pictures (on the walls of her sitting room). I don’t want them to disturb me.’ I ask if a particularly vibrant landscape with heavenly-blue sky and hibiscus-red flowers were a Jamaican memory. ‘I don’t know,’ she laughs. ‘These things just come to me. She calls them ”dreams’ and ‘mood paintings’.

From an interview with Sue Steward for The Observer, 29 October 2000.