Yaddo Protest Garden was developed during a Yaddo Residency Fellowship in October 2018, and marks my return to painting as a discrete practice. It is based on Yaddo’s rose garden created by the playwright Katrina Trask and her husband, industrial capitalist, John. The paintings evoke the image of a walled garden as a visual shorthand for capitalist enclosure, inspired by Neo Feminist Marxist Sylvia Federici’s writings on feminism and the commons. In the paintings’ gardens, statuary and engraved plaques normally praising ownership instead bear inscriptions drawn directly from language and images used by oppressed and minority groups to resist hegemonic power. Text and images are derived from research at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. This work was exhibited as part of Traywick Contemporary Gallery’s summer exhibition “She was moving, even when she was standing still”, an exhibition curated to include women inspired by other women.
 

Yaddo Protest Garden
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen
Your Day's Coming, Mothafucker
2018-2019
Oil on linen
24" x 36"
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen and canvas
Yaddo Protest Grden
2018-2019
Oil on linen and canvas

Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen
ERA YES
2018-2019
Oil on linen
24" x 36"
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on canvas
We Are Coming and Our Name is Legion
2018-2019
Oil on canvas
20" x 24"

Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on canvas
Arm Your Desires
2018-2019
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen
Yaddo Landscape
2018-2019
Oil on linen
14" x 18"

Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on canvas
Don't Mourn, Organize
2018-2019
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen
One No, Many Yeses
2018-2019
Oil on linen
20" x 24"

Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on linen
Yaddo Landscape
2018-2019
Oil on linen
12" x 16"
Patte Loper Yaddo Protest Garden Oil on canvas
Green New Deal
2016-2019
Oil on canvas
12" x 16"