Sam Talks: Ebony G Patterson

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Contemporary artist, Ebony G. Patterson discusses her practice and work in the exhibition, "Disguise: Masks and Global African Art."


Patterson's ongoing body of work explores constructions of the masculine within popular culture, while using Jamaican dancehall culture as platform for this discourse. Her work seeks to measure the masculine by looking at how popular culture as contributed to these transformations.

In her early work, she investigated the fashionable practice of skin bleaching, followed by exploring the so-called "bling culture" and its relationship to the masculine within an urban context.

While still making references to dancehall culture, her work raises larger questions about beauty, gender ideals, and constructs of masculinity within so called ‘popular black’ culture. It examines the similarities and differences between "camp aesthetics"—the use of feminine gendered adornment—in the construct of the urban masculine within popular culture.

This body of work calls for questions about body politics, performance of gender, gender and beauty, beauty and stereotyping, race and beauty, and body and ritual.

Artwork credit: "Of 72 Project" (detail) by Ebony Patterson, 2012.
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By: Seattle Art Museum

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