This Friday from 5pm to 7pm, join us on the first floor of the Porteous Building (522 Congress st., Portland, ME) for the opening reception of our inaugural Faculty & Staff Exhibition, Cyclical Translations
. This exhibition was organized by the Admissions Department, curated by Admissions Counselor Elyse Grams MFA ’20, and will remain on view until August 15.
Cyclical Translations exhibits works from 20 members from our staff and faculty that negotiate repetition, recurrence, and chance as both a habit of making and a conceptual motivator.
Marla McLeod, Baldwin, 2019
Adjunct MFA faculty Marla McLeod explores black identity and social constructs through her portrait paintings, textiles, and sculptures. Her piece Baldwin (pictured here) takes negative visual stereotypes of the black males such as the black hoodie, and the foreboding dark figure and covers the image with symbols of Black pride. The garment is made from affordable materials and adorned with paint and other hand-made details. For instance, on the back of the cape, you will find Baldwin's name sparkling in hand-beaded letters. Each letter is made up of golden-colored beading and wooden buttons. Serving to highlight Baldwin as the inspiration, but also to acknowledge the often-hidden aspect of the history of barely acknowledging or not at all, Baldwin's existence within the LGBTQ+ community. The shendy t-inspired skirt of the garment is covered in Baldwin quotes, formed into patterns inspired by geographic locations across the continent of Africa. The figure stands atop a soapbox.
Congratulations to all of the artists on view: