Artist Statement

How is the City your studio? "I’m a Chi-town native, Career Artist, who’s created, educated, exhibited, curated and fluidly migrated throughout Chicago-land neighborhoods in (Boy’s Town, Bronzeville, Bucktown, Elmwood Park/Galewood, Hermosa, Hyde Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Pilsen, Ukrainian Village, Rogers Park, South Shore, Uptown, West Town, Wicker Park, Wrigleyville) West Chicago, St. Charles, Waukegan, Barrington, River Forest, Elmhurst, Evanston, and Elgin, Illinois professionally for the past 28 years. I grew up on the near west side of Chicago, where my art adventures began at Holy Family Elementary School under the tutelage of Fr. James Hasse, S.J. I studied Interior Design at Harrington College of Design."

Featured Artist Portrait by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Chicago

The range of my art varies from painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, to assemblage and printmaking. I often combine several media and styles to achieve a finished work. If placed in a box, I might be referred to as a mixed media artist, though I’ve acknowledged that my primary objective is to create without boundaries or preconceived outcomes whenever possible. I’m a bit of a maverick, and my range and style in regard to my art and art making reflect and expand along with me in an unencumbered organic fashion.
My art is inspired by music, from Andean to Zydeco, and always accompanies my creative process. The beauty and youthful expression of my two daughters’ certainly inspires me. Textiles, literature, the unseen, water, fire, air, the curve and sway of trees and the human form all also inform my work. I presently work in a space that was once Nicole Smith’s, of Nicole Gallery fame; it is still filled with the essence of her prestigious 30-year career which lends inspiration as well.
What's Next?
For three years, I’ve worked on a sculptural project constructed from recycled materials. The project completion and unveiling is scheduled for fall 2016. Having been selected Chicago Artists Month Featured Exhibition Program and Featured Artist has provided me with a renewed vigor to pursue greater opportunities in the arts as both curator and visual artist. I plan to continue my curatorial work with Chicago Global Health Alliance, to help sustain our ongoing global healthcare initiatives and bring a greater awareness to the necessity for more effective healthcare both here in the US, in Liberia, West Africa, as well as internationally.
Makeba Kedem-DuBose is an international artist whose published work is included in African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond (Parker, D.); Arc and Hue (Betts, T.); Drum Magazine (London); A Time, A Season- A Visual Tribute to Oprah Winfrey (Dowell, J.). She is Creative Director, Chicago Global Health Alliance; Director, Calao 22 Space; Co-founder, Collaborative Mavericks; Curator-Featured Artist, Chicago Artists Month 2015, Migrations In Black and White. Highlights from 2015-2012 include: Art by America Juried Exhibition: A National Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art, Diasporal Rhythms Catalog, Peroni Beach Umbrella Project, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series and The 51st Street Viaduct Project, Chicago.