Ebony G. Patterson


Patterson's multilayered practice in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video uses beauty as a tool to address global social and political injustices. Her immersive gardens grow out of a complex entanglement of race, gender, class, and violence. Patterson seduces the viewer into acknowledging a darker truth lurking ominously beneath the surface. Upon closer inspection, the figures in these embellished paper works are disembodied, un-whole. While the bright, effusive visual cues on the surface of her work suggest vivifying celebration, these signifiers point to the opposite. Their ghostly forms hover amidst a tangle of flora and fauna, plants which themselves might harbor a secret poison. Patterson’s gardens are never far from notions of violence, of memorial, of blood and tears.


Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981, Kingston, Jamaica) lives and works between Kingston and Chicago, IL. Patterson received an MFA degree in Printmaking and Drawing from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University St. Louis (2006) and a BFA in painting from Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica (2004). Patterson has taught at the University of Virginia, Edna Manley College School of Visual and Performing Arts, Associate Professor in Painting and Mixed Media at the University of Kentucky, and was the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Patterson was included in last year’s Liverpool and Athens Biennials (2021). Patterson will have solo presentations at both the New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY and the New Orleans Museums of Art, New Orleans, LA in 2023. Her work is in the public collections of 21c Museum and Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, IN, among others.