Artist: Taylor Loftin | Location: Fayetteville, AR
January 19 - March 8, 2024
Drawing can be a tool for unearthing latent truths.
In the early 1990s, my grandparents planted thousands of loblolly pines and cedar trees on a 20-acre lot outside of Jackson, MS. Here I spent most of my childhood immersed in an itchy, humid landscape creating the foundation of who I would become.
Primarily a painter, my work has been a poetic excavation of familial histories and personal stories associated with this tree farm. Utilizing narrative-driven abstraction, painting has been a tool for re-examining my relationships to family, masculinity, religion, regional traditions, and art – in service of a more intentional future.
I always return to drawing to center my practice. Embedded Lines is a collection of drawings and paintings that serve as platforms for media experimentation while diving into peripheral topics, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and its connection to 19th century deforestation in Mississippi, my grandfather’s death after an encounter with bank robbers, and childhood dreams of becoming a professional fisherman.
Join us for an opening reception on January 19th from 6-8PM. Following the reception, Jones-Carter Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 11AM to 5PM. Admission is free.
Taylor Loftin (b. 1993) is an artist and educator from Jackson, Mississippi. He received his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2015 and his MFA from the University of Arkansas in 2021. Primarily a painter, Loftin approaches art making as an opportunity to re-examine personal notions of familial and cultural history, masculinity, religion, and art. He is a 2019 alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing and has been a resident at the Wassaic Project in NY and Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN. His work has been most recently exhibited at the MS Museum of Art and Wright State University in Ohio. He currently lives in Fayetteville, AR where he teaches at the University of Arkansas.Artist Website