Invisible Presence: Bling Memories took place in Kingston, Jamaica, during the 2014 “En Mas” carnival. Patterson created a series of extremely detailed coffins to highlight class discrepancies and the death of tradition. The coffins were carried immediately behind the parade, ominously hovering around and above the festivities. Patterson has exhibited at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, and was in group shows at the Untitled Art Fair, Miami, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
About Ebony G. Patterson
In her work, the Jamaica-born mixed-media artist Ebony G. Patterson recontextualizes gender norms and explores Jamaican dancehall culture. She creates highly entrancing, colorful pieces, which are reminiscent of Kehinde Wiley’s paintings. Patterson represents the transformations of gender and body politics by blending tapestry, beading, sequins, crochet, and Internet-sourced images of violent murders. The resulting pieces seduce the viewer with mesmerizing, striking textures. “I'm hoping . . . to pull the viewer in to see further and raise questions about how we engage in the act of looking,” she has said. Patterson’s work thus elicits a civic awareness that raises the stakes for popular culture as a whole.
Jamaican, b. 1981, Kingston, Jamaica, based in Lexington, KY, United States