Ebony G. Patterson, . . . she saw things she shouldn’t have . . . , 2018, jacquard-woven tapestry and mixed media on artist-designed fabric wallpaper, 111 × 94".

Ebony G. Patterson


All was not as it seemed in the garden of silk flowers, bejeweled resin roosters, glittering jacquard tapestries, and shimmering bug brooches that comprised Ebony G. Patterson’s “ . . . for those who bear/bare witness. . . .” Concurrent with her major museum exhibitions in Baltimore and Miami, Patterson’s fourth solo exhibition at Monique Meloche included ten of her most recent installations (all 2018), whose lush representations of flora and fauna transformed the gallery into a tropical landscape “gone awry,” as the artist described it.

Eschewing white walls, Patterson covered the gallery in wallpaper featuring the repeated image of a bouquet, or a cluster of plants, tinted midnight blue. Though the pattern seemed regular, it was

in fact more organic, with slight inconsistencies—for this wallpaper was not paper at all but printed cloth Patterson designed and attached to the walls with

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