Cage Match Project, Round 14: (un)box by Taylor Barnes



Round 14: (un)box by Austin-based artist Taylor Barnes is a transformation of the cage into an enclosed box/shelter. Wood, fallen limbs, nails, and fiber form the inside of the cage. Barnes aims to re-conceptualize the notion of confinement to safety inspired by research on barracoons, a type of barracks used historically for the temporary captivity of enslaved people or criminals. Construction of a shelter inside of the cage furthers ideas of safety while also expressing a mental landscape of being Black in America.

Taylor Barnes is an interdisciplinary fibers artist creating work that expresses personal experiences dealing with race, identity, and social critique. With a research-based approach on history and its permanent effects on the present, her work explores the internal and external complexities of being a black woman in America today.

In May 2019 she received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Barnes has had important exhibitions in 2019 including solo exhibitions Read My Mind at 500x Gallery, My Genesis at UNT on the Square and Sacred Spaces at Erin Cluley Gallery. Barnes lives and works in Austin, Texas.