Makeba Kedem-DuBose (b. 1963)
One of the first five artists honored by Diasporal Rhythms in 2003, Makeba Kedem-Dubose studied interior design at Harrington College of Design. She has been an established Chicago-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, curator and arts educator for over 20 years. Her work has been featured in various publications and many private collections worldwide, notably African Art: The Diaspora and Beyond, by Daniel T. Parker, which features her art on the back cover. Poet Tara Betts also owns Makeba’s art and features it on the cover of her book Arc and Hue. Her art is included in the collection of Oprah Winfrey–inspired art works honoring the talk show host, A Time A Season, compiled by Janelle Dowell, cofounder of Black Art in America. Gallery owner Nicole Smith, fashion designer Barbara Bates, and DuSable Museum of African American History director Dr. Carol Adams also collect Kedem-Dubose’s art.
Bold colors are my technicians to push the limits of the imagination. Strong lines are my fiery strokes to visually represent the thread that spiritually connects us to one another while simultaneously exploring the human connection with nature. These components unite as a catalyst to heal effects of racism and separatism by displaying the varying hues of the human race often within a single image. My mission is to pull viewers into a bigger picture, beyond themselves, in order to realize our origin. I view my art as a tool with an ultimate purpose of peace, painting with my heart and soul, knowing I am merely a vehicle for Love expressions, from the creator of us all. Media , but are not limited to, acrylic paint, latex paint, paper, copper, canvas, ink, oil sticks, graphite, bark, branches, textiles, thread, ceramic tiles, wood, red beans and other found objects.