The Matriarch's Rhapsody

Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986) The Matriarch's Rhapsody, 2012 HD digital video, color 3-D animation Total Run Time (TRT): 00:43:47 The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee 2013.4

Jacolby Satterwhite’s mother, Patricia Satterwhite, would often sketch her own inventions and unique objects, as if designing them for QVC infomercials. Featuring the artist’s three-dimensional renderings of these objects, The Matriarch's Rhapsody reimagines and documents Patricia’s inventions. The objects are accompanied by her original sketches, family photographs, and the artist’s own computer-animated performance work. Satterwhite often inserts himself into his work, pointing to relationships between individual and collective histories, as well as real and imagined experiences.