Log in to post comments Degree Seeking MFA Area of Study Studio Email email@example.com Undergraduate Institution University of North Texas Undergraduate Degree BFA in Studio Art, Concentration in Metalsmithing+Jewelry, Minor in Art History Hometown Killeen, Texas Research Detail In my studio practice, I investigate the ways in which historic anti-blackness and anti-black violence are ingrained in the landscape and material culture of the American south. In particular, I seek to address the ways in which objects and materials in the south contain and inflict that violence, and how that violence causes those objects and materials to be experienced differently by white and black people. I’ve taken to thinking of this disparity of experience as an extension of the double-consciousness first described by W. E. B. Dubois into material culture. By exposing the pervasiveness of anti-blackness within the material culture of the American south, I aim to expose the reality of anti-black violence and black intergenerational trauma as ongoing conditions, and seek catharsis for my own experience as a black person navigating a world built through and around the subjugation of my people. Biography J Taran Diamond is a metalsmith and interdisciplinary craft artist based in Athens, Georgia, Where they study and teach at the University of Georgia after earning their BFA from the University of North Texas. Diamond’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at New York City Jewelry Week, Munich Jewelry Week, and the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea. Outside of the studio, Diamond is an advocate for black people in academia, and works to dismantle the systemic barriers that make higher education inaccessible to black people.