‘Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez’
Museum of Arts & Design, through April 3
Ebony Patterson’s show can best be described as serious bling. Sumptuous, flashy and macabre, her sculptural installations highlight the role of adornment in populations that are rendered invisible because of poverty or racism. Ornate jacquard tapestries depict tragedies ripped from the headlines, while real jewelry from the museum’s collections intermingles with patterned bodies in a fantastical poisonous garden.
Patterson’s homeland is a key element in framing one of the highlights of Dead Treez—a full-size assemblage of male mannequins called Swag Swag Krew. The figures are adorned with a riot of floral patterns and represent an ambiguous treatise on masculinity in contemporary Jamaican society. Patterson spends her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Kingston, Jamaica.
Ebony G.Patterson: Dead Treez is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design November 10, 2015 through April 3, 2016