Join us for an artist talk with Darlene R. Taylor as she discusses her exhibition HEIRLOOMS.
Darlene Taylor explores identity, race, kinship, place, and the journey from girlhood to womanhood. Remembering and reclaiming a record of Black survival are at the center of her practice. With artifacts of lived experience: heirloom cloths, vintage handkerchiefs, laces, linens, worn cottons, antique buttons and ribbons, and lyrics, she archives, documents, and reassembles memories in collages that are hand-stitched on panels of paper and cloth alongside hand-cut verses of poetry and prose. The images and verses unravel what is remembered through what is passed down and preserved. The resulting layers of texture and pattern convey vulnerability and resilience.