Art @ CGU: Michael Chukes

Art @ CGU: Michael Chukes


The show being titled “Identity Theft,” it’s
because of identity theft. It’s because of one not knowing where they
come from and who they are. That we’re seen through the theft of our
identity. If you really look at where we’ve come from,
we come from the area of Ethiopia. That’s where mankind started on this planet. We’re all Africans. And so when I say “Africans only,” these are
mirrors, so when you, as a person, you walk up to these pieces, you see yourself as an
African. You see yourself as royalty. There are things that I’ve gotten from the
female that I will never get from the male. And so, in order for me to connect with that,
as an artist, which is an emotional connection, I go back to the emotions I’ve gotten from
the female. We will never be able to compare to the female,
and what they are capable of doing. They are the sculptors of the world. For me as an artist, the most powerful voice
I can have is what I create. When what you do becomes who you are, you
can’t hide behind it. I did not go to school for instructors to
show me how to create like this, what I’m doing. I wanted to get my message across to everyone. Gradually, I began to realize the power of
my voice. Something I didn’t have before. And Claremont helped me do that.

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