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Madoka Wada

Madoka Wada

Artist Work

Pastel on paper
17” x 24”
Pastel on paper
17” x 24”
Bunk Beds, Stolen Dreams
Acrylic on canvas
18” x 24"
Hoctún Trees
Outdoor paint on walls
Painting for Donkeys
Outdoor paint on walls
10’ x 8’ x 8’
Dandelion Wine Dreams
Acrylic on canvas
18” x 24"

Artist Information

Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Media Arts, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My artwork recalls ineffable moments in my life and shares my experiences and sensations with the viewer. For example, I painted my experience while I dance contact improvisation to figure out what made me move in a way that I have never done before. Drawing is a thinking process for me. I start thinking by externalizing what is happening in my head on paper first. My visual images, which often come in luscious colors, allow me to describe ideas that are otherwise indescribable. Music and dance are my primary sources of inspiration. I pick rhythms and movements and place them on 2D surfaces. As a visual artist raised in Japan, my interpretation of kawaiiness (cuteness) has been influenced by Japanese tradition and pop culture. In my twenties, my art was a way to stay in touch with my inner world, which resulted in intuitive lines, vivid and flat colors, and dreamy subject matter. After moving to the US and going back to school in 2013, my increased use of realism made my fantasy more convincing. I seek a way to find meanings of my work in society. My current interests include mural creation and interactive arts. Our perception of the world has been constantly changing since we started using the Internet and mobile phones. As an artist in the 21st century, I am excited to learn about currently available technologies, such as virtual reality and robotics, and apply them to my art. Through creating art, I change a tiny amount of the world and draw the world closer to my dreams.

Artist Bio

2016 Berkeley City College, Berkeley, California
2003 Illustration Course, Setsu Mode Seminar
2002 Fine Art Course, Bunka Gakuin High School, Tokyo, Japan

2011 Traveling O, Porto Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2005 Rainbow People, Sangatsu no hitsuji, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Venus, Sone Bar, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Anthem of the Sun, Sone Bar, Tokyo, Japan

2015 From Incarceration to Liberation / De la encarcelación a la liberación,
The Art Gallery, San Francisco, California
2011 Yasashisa ga Tarinai, Bigakko, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Pamir wo Chacha Seyo, Bigakko, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Wonder Seed 2010, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Chiyoda Art Festival 3331 Independent, Arts Chiyoda 3331, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Yawoyorozu:Love!!, Sone Bar, Tokyo, Japan

2012 La Casa de los Niños de Yucatán, Hoctún, Mexico
2010–2011 Kotobuki Creative Action, Yokohama, Japan