Studies in Reverence
Patrice Renee Washington's work engages with cultural signifiers, consumption, and the raw transitionary stages of object hood. The most recent iteration of her work stems from the entanglement of the above concepts as they relate to the presence of black and brown bodies and general “otherness” in both public and private environments.
Ceramics as a material in her practice serves as a way for her to express the malleability of forms and ideas as they hover between mush and permanence, fighting to affirm themselves in hindering social and cultural environments. Gestural modes of construction are evident in the rendering of imagery and objects, labor is present within the works through the visual distinction of fingerprints, along with deep recesses and grooves that sit upon or are dug into the surfaces. These remnants of labor become a stand in for the body.
The physical permanence of the medium, speaks to rehistorizing the sometimes banal but culturally loaded signifiers that are often hidden or ignored. The tiled format of images recall both public and private spaces, and their specific relationship to cleanliness and sanitation. Cleanliness becomes a larger theme in the work as it relates to food, the body, and the ability to control one’s environment. The monochromatic nature of her works challenges the viewer to distinguish the images, the violence, and sometimes the beauty within the tone on tone surfaces. The singular colors are all in ranges of skin tones, from creamy porcelains to thick black glazes, visually highlighting the ideological concepts behind the works.
“These works were created while I was part of a printmaking residency, and functioned as a very special exploration of my practice that normally lives within the world of sculpture.” - Patrice Renee Washington
Collagraph Print 30.5" x 22"
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