The Speed Art Museum will present the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson in the comprehensive solo exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… Organized by the Perez Art Museum, the project is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date and includes work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.
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. Throughout her career, Patterson has often placed her individual works within entirely constructed environments, through the use of distinct wall colors, cloth wall papers or by mixing two-dimensional with three-dimensional elements. …while the dew is still on the roses… will transform the entire gallery environment into a highly decorative theatrical space. Ebony G. Patterson lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, Kentucky.