Ebony G. Patterson, She Is the Mourning, 2022; Hand-Embellished, Signed, and Numbered Limited Edition Print in White Wood Shadowbox Frame
Ebony G. Patterson's multi-layered practice—in painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and video—uses beauty as a tool to address global social and political injustices. The artist creates immersive gardens within her work, situating them in a complex entanglement of race, gender, class, and violence. Currently based in Chicago and Kingston, Jamaica, she has participated in both solo and group exhibitions around the world, including the Liverpool and Athens Biennials in 2021. Patterson’s work is also in renowned public collections, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pérez Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and 21c Museum and Foundation, among many others.
She is the Mourning is derived from a recent public art project that the artist unveiled in 2021, comprising four large-scale works that adorned the facades and walls of buildings throughout Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanity. The series shines a light on the under-acknowledged labor of Black women in working-class communities, especially in acts of care, protest, and mourning. Each of the scenes includes headless, monumental figures embedded in dreamlike and embellished gardens, punctuated with a poetic phrase. For this limited edition, Patterson will transform the prints by puncturing and attaching added elements to the paper’s surface.
Of the total net proceeds from sales of this limited edition of 25 signed, numbered and hand-embellished prints, $500 from each edition sold will be donated to the Brooklyn Museum and, as with all ART FOR CHANGE initiatives, the artist receives 50%.