Patterson’s work echoes the evolution of life via gardening. Throughout her tapestries, she has placed details on rebirth, existence, and death. Her unique interpretation of the garden forces the viewer to understand the cycle of life. In addition, Patterson brings a more fluid understanding of gardening as she expands the possible interpretations.
Entangled into her foundational layout of the cycle of a garden she places the topics of race and gender and how they relate to violence. She plants the sends of concepts in our world that don’t seem similar. By focusing on race and death interact, or how life and gender directly impact either other and allows these concepts to grow through the viewer’s interpretation.