A Young Jamaican artist, working in Lexington, KY and Kingston, Jamaica.
Currently serves as Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, Kentucky.
Patterson has participated in several exhibits since 2002 and has been the recipient of several awards. In 2006 she was awarded the Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence in Arts and Culture. This is the highest award that a young person can recieve in this field in Jamaica.
Beauty, Gender, body and the grotesque are continued dialogues within my work. I am enthralled by the repulsive, the bizarre and the objectness of bodies and the contradictions that both have to art historically and culturally.
The Jamaican vernacular, gendered cultural symbolisms and stereotypes serve as a platform for these discussions. I am enthused by words, conditions and experiences that objectify and abjectify.
Menstrual documents, cuts, bruises, language, feminine excrement, peeled skins, bleached skins, decadence, nippled and vulvic forms, the feminine, disease, feminine motifs, and accents are reoccurring images within my work.
Referencing beauty through the use of the grotesque but visceral, confrontational and deconstructed.Gangstas For Life, Disciplez + the Doiley Boyz , explores the fashionable practice of skin bleaching within Dancehall culture.
The images raises questions about perceptions of masculinity within Jamaican dancehall culture. The images are deconstructed into stereotypical homosexual beauties, with bleached faces, red glossed lips, glitter, hailos and feminine motifs.
These images challenge practices of the emasculation of young black males and question stereotypical standards of beauty amongst genders.
The dancehall has become a place of major cultural significance amongst young working class Jamaicans. It is the community waterhole where one learns about the latest slangs, songs, dances, fashion and social gender practices. The Dancehall is the belly of Jamaican society that reaffirms, reflects and assigns labels as it relates to social norms or behaviors deemed deviant with Jamaican society, such as homosexual stereotypes.
This body of work explores contemporary notions of beauty within a Jamaican context. Exploring the grotesque as the sought after beauty. It seeks to examine the dichotomy between Jamaican stereotypical ideologies of homosexual practices and its parallels within dancehall culture, where skin bleaching (whitening) has become trendy and fashionable primarily among young black males.
This work raises questions about body politics and gender, gender and beauty, beauty and stereotyping, race and beauty, beauty and the grotesque.