Jason Patterson and Lauren Adams in Southern Cultures Magazine



“Necessary Contemplation”

by Lauren Frances Adams, Jason Patterson

IN EARLY 2022, WE VISITED EACH OTHER’S STUDIOS in Baltimore and Chestertown, Maryland, to discuss the influences of historical memory, ancestry, and artists’ roles navigating time and place within white supremacy. Our first collaboration, in 2020, was the exhibition Rights and Wrongs: Citizenship, Belonging, and the Vote, hosted by the Peale Museum at the Carroll Mansion in Baltimore. A few months later, we were on a panel together, “Imagining the Future: Public Art Confronts the Past,” hosted by the unc Center for the Study of the American South. What follows is a snapshot typical of our dialogues, meandering from past to present, art to life, and personal to public. 

Read more in Southern Cultures, Volume 28, No. 3