Tobias Ostrander, Olive Senior
Ebony G. Patterson
... While the Dew is Still on the Roses
The artist Ebony G. Patterson explores gardens as spaces of beauty and burial in this monograph filled with spellbinding works.
In her celebrated drawings, tapestries, and sculptures, Ebony G. Patterson incorporates glitter, appliqués, pins, embellishments, fabric, tassels, brooches, pearls, and beads to tell haunting stories of violence, masculinity, and black youth culture. Bringing together highlights from the artist’s work from the past five years, this book features exquisite reproductions that illuminate the works’ vibrantly intricate detail. The book reveals the artist’s poetic depictions of gardens as environments of beautiful sorrow. Two accompanying essays offer an examination of Patterson’s work and a discussion of gardens as a theme in art and literature over the centuries.
TOBIAS OSTRANDER is Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at Pérez Art Museum Miami.