On View

...among the blades between the flowers... while the horse watches... for those who bear/bare witness

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

...among the blades between the flowers... while the horse watches... for those who bear/bare witness

Artist: Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, born 1981)
Date: 2018
Medium: Hand-cut jacquard woven photo tapestry with glitter, appliqué, beads, trim, brooches, feathered butterflies, fabric, silk flowers, and hand-embellished resin owl on shelf, on artist-designed fabric wallpaper
Dimensions:
Overall: 130 × 175 in. (330.2 × 444.5 cm.)
Overall: 10.8 × 14.6 ft. (3.3 × 4.5 m.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 2019.3.a-.c
Accession number: 2019.3.a-.c
Classification: sculpture
Label TextJamaican artist Ebony Patterson's glorious work, . . .among the blades between the flowers employs a panoply of colorful, glittery, mass-produced objects in the form of a textile to explore, as she describes it, "the idea of gardens, both real an imagined, and their relationship to postcolonoial spaces." While at first the gardens might be thought of as benign, Patterson reminds us that they are markers of class, privilege, and power. Five headless figures, dressed in 18th century finery, seamlesly blend in with the lush ornamental garden flowers to suggest that the garden is a space where one can bear witness to the colonial past and its lasting impact today. This is the first work by Patterson to enter the collections. Source: News, Apy May Jun 2019
entirely unexpected