Malika Jackson (b. 1949)
Malika Jackson is a Chicago-based artist. Her works have been exhibited in galleries, festivals and exhibitions with a recent commission for the Ronald McDonald Houses’ tribute to the Ryder Cup Tournament held in Chicago. She was commissioned for ‘Suite Home Chicago’, public works project by the City of Chicago. Her works have been shown in Gallery D’Estee, Cultural Connection Art Show, and The Woodshop Gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity juried exhibition, the South Side Community Art Center, and Artropolis in Chicago. She exhibited at Noyes Gallery, in Evanston, IL, and numerous other venues. Her awards include: honorable mention at the Museum of Science & Industry, honored by the Disaporal Rhythms, art grant from the City of Chicago, Ann Brooks and Fur International Awards. Malika is featured in the film, The Curators of Dixon School, by Pamela Sherrod Anderson and Producing Local Color: Art Networks in Ethnic Chicago by sociologist Diane Grams. Malika Jackson has taught in the Chicago Public Schools, charter schools and various community organizations. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute, pursuing further studies at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.
I enjoy various art mediums working in paint, wood and clay. My focus has been the human female form, from interpretative ethereal/spiritual art to works which are spontaneous and organic that express my worldview. I have artistically captured stories from realistic ceramic sculpture to cubistic two-dimensional depictions. My color palette and the juxtaposition of images serve to enhance my message. Recently, I have begun a conceptual work for the ‘Center Program’, which deals with women who are survivors of abuse and incest. Through the use of clay and wood sculptures, I depict how females have survived and been strengthened by experiences outside of their control. In The Other Side of Pain each piece stands alone, yet is joined by the other sculptures in this series as part of the journey many have gone through to become ‘whole.’