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Sam Vernon

Mar 28 2015 – Mar 6 2016

Olympic Sculpture Park

PACCAR Pavilion

Artist Sam Vernon uses stark black and white graphics to hint at hidden characters waiting to be discovered. These imaginary spirits do not step clearly into view, but prefer to reside in the shadows and crevices of dense patterning.

Among these patterns, references to art history will fade in and out of focus as the artist adapts images from historic book decorations, textiles, and masks, then mixes them in with her own inventive illustrations.

This graphic world, so full of veiled apparitions, has been chosen to align the Olympic Sculpture Park with Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, which will be presented at the Seattle Art Museum in the summer of 2015.


Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.