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Oasis

Jordan Kendall Parks

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Mar 22, 2024 – May 6, 2024
Window Gallery

Woodcuts from Reclaimed Lumber on Rice Paper

Oasis brings the outside environment inside, and offers a space to rest among one of Portland’s busiest sidewalks. An ode to our standing elders, Oasis reminds us that nature has the pathways to heal itself and us, and it’s on us to respect, protect, and learn from the natural world. 

Jordan Kendall Parks

Jordan’s work fosters conversations about climate and environmental impacts through the lived experience as a Black and Bi-racial femme. For Jordan, many spaces have never fully felt like they belonged. As she ages, explores connections with a Black paternal family, and investigates the patterns of a white maternal family, Jordan has begun to extensively question who she is, where and how she belongs to place, and what people she belongs to. Jordan’s passion for engaging communities with Maine’s coastal landscapes stemmed from experiences in environmental and outdoor education and engaging people who may not have otherwise connected with southern Maine islands and waters. 

Through interactive outdoor exhibitions and site-specific installations, Jordan encourages people to engage with their surroundings, find a sense of adventure and discover art along the way. On a smaller scale, Jordan commonly uses woodcut and linoleum monoprint processes to create visuals that are heavily influenced by our relationship with the natural world and each other.

🕯️ This weekend only! The dance show of the summer is Scapegoat Garden’s Liturgy|Order|Bridge. The Hartford-based company calls upon Black church traditions and ideas of faith, nature, fashion, and experimentation in their limited performance run June 20-22. Tickets available now, presented by SPACE at Mechanics’ Hall. 🕯️