Last fall, I was asked by my colleague, Jamael better known as Isaiah Makarios, to collaborate with him on a project he was working on. Isaiah is a student at UIC majoring in Communications and minoring in Planning/Public Policy. In 2012, he started his own student organization called "Impact Makars",created a marketing campaign called "Make Yourself Known", and is active in working with youth and poetry to name a few of his accomplishments.
The piece that was designed by Isaiah is a 16in x 20in acrylic and marker on canvas painting titled "ATELOPHOBIA". Isaiah states: "The minimalist design was inspired by not just my story, but the belief that humans are designed to overcome any form of intimidation...'Atelo' is the prefix for 'imperfection' and 'incomplete'. 'Phobia' is a noun/synonym for fear."
On January 21st, the piece was displayed at my alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the Montgomery Ward Gallery for the UIC Dialouge Initiative where Isaiah spoke about designing the piece and the story behind it. The piece will be on display from now until February 26. I'd like to give a special thanks to Isaiah for having me collaborate on his project and UIC for showcasing the piece.
For more information, contact Isaiah at www.isaiahmakarios.com