Ebony G. Patterson: “Dead Treez” and “…buried again to carry on growing…” at The Museum of Arts and Design, November 10, 2015 – April 3, 2016

“Ebony Patterson is an outstanding example of an artist who is working in materials and methodologies once associated purely with craft and material culture and is deploying them in smart and critical ways. Patterson is a master of collage. In all three aspects of her exhibition at MAD—the mannequins, the tapestries, and the Tiffany Gallery installation—you witness an artist who is challenging the possibility of what collage is, dimensionally and conceptually.” — Shannon R. Stratton, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, MAD

Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez

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Swag Swag Swag (from the Out and Bad series) (installation view, John Michael Kohler Arts Center), 2011–14, cotton, velvet, lace, plastic, and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Photo: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Root and Shrubz (detail), 2014, cotton, lace, plastic, glass, rhinestones, glitter, sequins, and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Photo: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Wilted Rosez (detail), 2014, cotton, metal, glitter, plastic, glass, and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Photo: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Where We Found Them (detail), 2014, cotton, plastic, lace, glitter, and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, IL. Commissioned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Photo: John Michael Kohler Arts Center

…buried again to carry on growing… a sculptural installation in the Tiffany Jewelry Gallery with selections from MAD’s permanent jewelry collection.

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing …A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing … A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing … A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing … A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing … A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing … A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

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Installation View of … buried again to carry on growing …A POV by Ebony G. Patterson. Photo: Butcher Walsh © Museum of Arts and Design

Images courtesy The Museum of Arts and Design