Karen Patterson: “In her mixed-media installations and jacquard photo tapestries, Ebony G. Patterson explores visibility, in terms of class, gender, race and the media. Her highly adorned, almost illuminated images and objects are intended to attract and seduce the viewers, challenging them to look closer.”
“‘Bling funerals’ are an increasingly popular gesture in Kingston’s working-class communities and have developed to become powerful declarations of individuality. Yet because this high performative practice stems from areas of lower socioeconomic standing, the Jamaican church has considered banning the ritual. In Invisible Presence - Bling Memories (2014), Patterson validates this community practice by leading a procession of 50 replica caskets to be carried by her and local volunteers. Each replica was hand embellished to pay respects to someone who has passed on.”
Ebony G. Patterson is currently exhibiting at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, closing April 3, 2016.