Taylor Barnes | My Genesis

Taylor Barnes, Fibers Artist

The Denton Black Film Festival and UNT on the Square are pleased to announce an exhibition by fibers artist Taylor Barnes titled My Genesis, January 15 – February 14, 2019. The exhibition is part of the fifth annual Denton Black Film Festival (January 23 – 27, 2019). A reception will be held on Wednesday January 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with remarks at 7 p.m.

My Genesis is an exhibition of large-scale charcoal works on cloth, screen-prints, and assemblage. Barnes work displays concepts of race, identity, and isolation. This show examines self-reflection and inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today. Genesis references a beginning. Barnes reflects on her life, sourcing from historical iconography and personal narrative to further interoperate these realities of her identity.

Taylor Barnes currently lives and works in Denton, Texas. She serves as a Teaching Fellow in the Fibers Program at the University of North Texas and anticipates the completion of her Fibers MFA in May 2019. Barnes conducted a workshop called Compose a Loom at Eyeland Studio in Marshall, North Carolina, in March 2018.  Recent exhibitions include Full Circle at Erin Cluley Gallery, Interlude at the Greater Denton Arts Council, and a solo exhibition Read My Mind at 500X Gallery from December 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019. More information and images are available at http://www.taylorbarnes.space/.

Artist Bio

Taylor Barnes, from Denton, Texas, is an MFA candidate at the University of North Texas in Fibers. Barnes works with concepts of race, identity, and isolation. Her practice is informed by personal experiences and the ways in which she maneuvers through life, which are further analyzed through critical and historical rhetoric. Her recent work consists of large-scale charcoal works on cloth, screen-print, and sculpture. Through this, Barnes reveals these experiences and the inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today.


UNT on the Square | January 15 – February 14, 2019

Additional Programming
  • Thursday January 17, 2019, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Taylor Barnes will lead a gallery talk about her work in My Genesis.
  • Wednesday January 23, 2019, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Denton Black Film Festival opening reception with remarks at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday January 31, 2019, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Renowned quilt maker, Barbara McCraw and fibers artist Taylor Barnes will have a dialogue about their respective exhibitions, fiber as a medium, and the cross-generational subject matter in their work.

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