September 24 – December 7, 2018
Malene Barnett is a cross-media contemporary artist and the head of Malene B, an art and design atelier in New York City. She is known for her bespoke carpet designs, which she creates based on her artwork on canvas, paper, wood—and now ceramics. In all of her work, Barnett explores the way colors and patterns can evoke dreams, memories and identity.
Born in the Bronx, Barnett was raised along the Norwalk coastline of Connecticut on a diet of soca, reggae and Caribbean folktales. She started painting at an early age and then went on to explore textile design and study fashion illustration and surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Barnett established her New York-based atelier Malene B in 2008. Her work has been featured in publications such as Interior Design, New York Magazine and House Beautiful, and can be found in Saks Fifth Avenue, WeWork NYC and NBC Telemundo Miami, just to name a few.
Barnett will be refining her ceramic work and exploring surface design while she creates a series of 25 handbuilt vessels inspired by mud house designs found in India, Nigeria and Burkina Faso as a resident at GHP September 24 through December 7, 2018.