Joyce Patterson

oil on canvas board

Through my work I strive to affirm the emotional complexities of the human subject as a challenge to prejudice. I am a black woman. I find it very difficult and painful to write about prejudice. For me prejudice, especially racism, has caused great pain – a lasting pain that doesn’t fade with the coming and going of affirmative action, women’s liberation, integration or economic plenty. “Hunger” expresses the monotone dimension poverty plays in this country. The poor, particularly children, are not quite in focus.

© Joyce Patterson