Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled Species I (detail), 2010-11. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World Exhibition at the Pérez Art Museum Miami through 17 August 2014.
And there’s a knockout collage portrait, finished last year, by Ebony G. Patterson, who divides her time between Jamaica and Lexington, Ky., of a young black man with a masklike white face. The image refers to the often-against-the-law world of Jamaican dance-hall culture, and specifically to its fashion for skin-bleaching as a cosmetic means of both attracting attention and — playing around with the idea, dating back to slavery and forward to Michael Jackson — determining social status based on skin color.
Holland Cotter, New York Times.