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The Harmonious Worlds of Mina Hamada

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Compulsive Contents
February 26, 2018

It's with a childlike wonder and awe that Mina Hamada navigates thoughts and dreams and transcribes them onto walls - bringing her imagination out into the physical world.

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The love for murals began in one of the world capitals of street art - Barcelona. Hamada fell for the way the art on the streets looked. The city of Barcelona is an incredible place, a true trendsetting environment, kindly decorated by some of street art's greatest pioneers.


Hamada is American by birth, but was raised in Tokyo. These strong visual culture helped lay the foundations for Hamada's creations. In large-scale colourful murals, abstract shapes collide and collate with fruits, animals and instruments in a way that only a dream could formulate. From a distance, the jigsaw-like compositions look like a Technicolor Guernica by Pablo Picasso - although theme and tone are vastly different, they're both vast messages asking to be decoded.

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Collaboration with other artists is important in her work, but her internalised collaboration with two sides of herself, the conscious and unconscious, is perhaps the most dazzling. The free-form quality of the pieces have a jazz-like spontaneity - who says that dreams only happen when you sleep?


In these creation-dream states, Hamada has said that once the artwork is finished she is often surprised with the results, as if what she has been doing wasn't entirely thought through, but an improvisation with the environment and her feelings.


Themes often associated with Eastern and Western culture appear in her artwork. That makes sense, afterall if the work comes from what's inside you, then displaying your upbringing and heritage seems natural. By channelling her own energy, the pieces have a vibrant spirit of their own. It's something that surprises both her and us. What will come next depends on how much of her own mind she is willing to reveal.

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