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Helpers

Jordan Carey, Daniel Minter, & Madison Poitrast-Upton

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Jul 25, 2021 – Aug 30, 2021
On View in the 538 Window Gallery

Artist Statement

The people on this fabric and shirt are helpers. They were here on earth and all but one of them has passed. They were writers, mothers, musicians, politicians, priests and sceptics. The list could go on, but the part that is important is that their work is the inheritance we all benefit from. 

These figures are a reflection of our own compositions. Here we are standing on the shoulders of and intertwined with our tools, other creatures, mothers and mentors. The representation and presence of which deserves to be maintained and respected in our mundanity and ceremony. These are our ingredients.


Bio

Madison Poitrast-Upton
Madison Poitrast-Upton is a fashion and textiles artist located in Portland Maine. She recently graduated from Maine College of Art, earning her BFA in fashion and textile design(2020). While there, Madison focused on female performers, their comfort and style. This was inspired by her love of music, performance and fashion and her need to take these important parts of her life and mold them together. Having been a thespian herself for many years she was familiar with the all too often un-empathetic and sexist approach toward costume design. Now as a graduate, Madison is dedicated to the advancement of women and people of color through clothing and design. 

Jordan Carey 
Jordan Carey is a Bermudian designer and artist currently based in Portland Maine. He received his BFA in Textile and Fashion Design from Maine College of Art (2019). Carey’s art and design work focuses on advocating for and representing cultural aesthetics and influences ever present and changing in the African diaspora and island life. Since graduating he has continued to develop as assistant designer for the Maine based women’s shirt company Jill McGowan as well as through Loquat, a fashion brand focused on empowering marginalized people and causes through fashion and design. 

Daniel Minter
Daniel Minter is an American artist known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. He is a visual storyteller and accomplished illustrator. Minter’s artwork reflects abiding themes of displacement and diaspora; ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter’s paintings, carvings, block prints, and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums. He is the co-founder and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail, a system of granite and bronze markers that constitutes a permanent walking trail highlighting the people, places, and events associated with the anti-slavery movement in Portland. Minter’s work also marks the Malaga Island Trail which remembers the Black, European and Native American residents of the island who were forcibly removed by the state of Maine in 1912. He has illustrated over a dozen children’s books and commissioned twice to create Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. Minter teaches at the Maine College of Art.


Image credits: Rachel Darke