2016 Undergraduate Resident: Chloe M. Dukes


Chloe M Dukes

B.F.A. Candidate, Indiana University
South Bend (May 2017)

Chloe M Dukes, Clowns, clowns, clowns!! Illustrator. 2016

Artist Statement

Although most people find it “boring” or “difficult”, I love politics, and anything that deals with the topic of socioeconomics, because it effects and relates to everyone despite race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. I’m often inspired by the blatant but also underlying truths and realties of politics, the things that are seen or known but go unsaid. I enjoy the use of vibrant colors, something that stops people in their tracks and captures attention.

This year I decided to incorporate glitter and sequins to give the view something “pretty” to look at although the piece may have an ugly or dark subject matter or may conflict with personal values or beliefs. I also enjoy the use of sequins and glitter when working on pieces that feature celebrities like Kim Kardashian who is the inspiration for Untitled (Liberty) or Donald Trump shown in my Clowns, Clowns, Clowns. To me the over the top decorations signify the glitz and glam that typically distracts the American population from their everyday, dull lives.

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media 2017

The pieces I’ve worked on are large, because the topics I decided to showcase I feel shouldn’t be ignored. I want people to not only think, but also feel something when they see my work whether it’s anger, humor, enjoyment or even confusion. Art is about evoking emotion, feeling something.

I am currently working towards a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design at Indiana University of South Bend. I want to thank my family, friends, friends of my family and teachers who pushed me to get to this point in my life; you’re the real inspiration. 

College Residency Statement

The South Bend Museum of Art Residency Program is an amazing opportunity for any college student to experience. It is time set aside in the to work with some truly talented local, professional artists to throw ideas around, receive feedback on work and develop ideas. As a resident, you have access to materials, studio space and pretty much all the museum has to offer. We had the opportunity to work the amazing museum faculty, to put together the type of show we wanted. Before this program I never really felt like an artist, I had never created anything I really loved, the South Bend Museum of Art College Residency Program changed that for me.

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