An entirely self-taught artist, Alicia Cole works in collage, drawing, fabric/embroidery, mixed media, works on canvas, and sculpture. While many of her drawings, paintings, mixed media, collage works, and works on canvas were created in hospitals, mental health centers, or homeless shelters, documenting hospitalization, mental health, and the shelter system, this body of collage, these particular works unpublished, was commissioned by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for their Ruby Year of 2018. These works challenge societal, gender, and racial parity.
Challenged by the limitations of supplies in the hospital and shelter systems, she limited her materials to office supplies or what could be used in a classroom, save for advancing to archival paper, until she was accepted into InsideOut Studio at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in January of 2019, a studio for disabled adults. She still prefers these materials.