Haya Abdul Hameed
“I want people to see what lies behind my paintings,” says young Jordanian artist Haya Abdelhamid, quoting the great Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. Artistically inclined since childhood (when walls, floors, and mirrors served as her canvases) Abdelhamid went on to earn her BA in Fine Arts from Lebanese American University in Beirut. During her arts education, she experimented widely with medium and style in order to discover the materials and techniques that best express her identity and her message as an artist. However the artist's work is not defined by concept alone. Highly influenced by contemporary Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum, as well as by 20th-century greats like Marcel Duchamp, Francis Bacon, and Egon Schiele, Abdelhamid is a great believer in the power of color. Quoting Kandinsky again she says, "The contemplation of color creates a psychological effect, which calls out a vibration from the soul."