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Ebony G. Patterson… while the dew was still on the roses…

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Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . presents the work of Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981). The most significant presentation of the artist’s work to date, the project includes examples of the artist’s work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.

Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads, Patterson’s works investigate forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. Her neo-baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Jamaica and within black youth culture globally. This exhibition focuses on the role that gardens have played in her practice, referenced as spaces of both beauty and burial; environments filled with fleeting aesthetics and mourning.

This survey of the artist’s recent work is situated within a visually dense environment designed to recall an overgrown, decadent “night garden.” This site-specific installation—replete with twilight-colored cloth wallpaper, vegetal growths sprouting from the walls and silk leaves, flowers, and vines falling from the ceiling and framing paintings—augments sixteen of the artist’s large-scale works that include videos, drawings, and tapestries, six of which were created for this exhibition.

Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . is organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. The Speed Art Museum’s presentation will be augmented by several additional artworks that will be shown for the first time in a museum context.