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Sparkles, tapestries, sculptures, tampons (she calls them “pussy bullets”), toys, they all find their way into Ebony G. Patterson’s art. The Jamaican multimedia artist has a sobering, even majestic, allure about her over the top combinations of materials. She presents her work in blinged-out installations that pose tough questions about identity and gender within ‘popular black’ culture. Perhaps her work is best described in her own words, a reference to “beauty through the use of the grotesque but visceral, confrontational and deconstructed.” Patterson’s exhibition, “Dead Treez” at Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, uses the predominately male Jamaican dance hall culture as a way to discuss masculinity.