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Ebony G. Patterson

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

The phrase “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound”,
Has been a lingering undercurrent throughout my practice. I have been increasingly concerned with ideas around ‘visibility’ and ‘invisibility’ - the access that popular cultural spaces and it's archetypes, such as social media, have created new spaces for the disenfranchised to be visible . Partnered with this new visibility, I have also considered ‘bling ‘ and its relationship to light, as a device of illumination. I am interested in the way dress and other objects creates a moment of importance for someone who may be deemed otherwise unimportant, due to their social, economic or political status, or location. The work examines social hierarchy within post-colonial spaces and its relationship to the politics of dress. It explores the use of these tools of power towards access and visibility, towards presence and acknowledgement.

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