The art of Ebony G. Patterson mixes it up with genders, confronts stereotypes, and asks of us – what is beauty? Black men in white face with added shocks of colorful makeup, altar shelves piled with toy guns contrast with flowered mandala head dresses. Racism, sexism and dance hall masquerade are all touched upon in a darned impressive way. Tough-guy-gone-girly, layered in adornments, patterned fabrics merge into tattooed limbs, wallpaper-like floral backgrounds and iconic stances. Ebony takes collage and creates her own painterly style with a consistency to her approach. These are delicate yet strong works, beautifully feminine and brutally handsome at the same time.
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My ongoing body of work explores constructions of the masculine within popular culture - while using Jamaican dancehall culture as platform for this discourse. My works seeks to measure the masculine by looking at how popular culture contributed to these transformations. - Via Ebony G. Patterson