24. Maria Christina Hamel
“Melusina at Marino’s”
I picked up a topic dear to me which is the myth of Melusine I found on the chimneys of the Casino Marino. In the drawing on the plate I represent Melusine as a portrait of myself.
Born in New Delhi, Maria Christina Hamel spent her childhood in India, Thailand, Austria, and in 1973 she moved to Milan, where she graduated at the “Scuola Politecnica di Design” in 1979. After working experiences with Andries van Onck, Ugo La Pietra, Ambrogio Rossari, 1981-1994 she has been the main assistant to Alessandro Mendini, also at the University of Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna. Having actively participated in Studio Alchimia, she soon developed her own particular style multicultural style.
She self-produces her works, particularly in glass and ceramics, in historic sites such as Deruta, Murano, Albisola Castellamonte, Sesto Fiorentino, Modra (Slovakia), Milan, Pietrasanta, Limoges. She has taught at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in India (University that was founded by Charles Eames), at the Craft ENAD Limoges (France), at ISIA in Faenza, at the University of Design in Reggio Emilia, at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna(MAK) and at NABA in Milan, she has worked with the Master of Lighting Design at Polimi and organized workshops at ISDAT of Toulouse (France). Consultant for some of the most important companies in the design industry, her works are part of the permanent collection of the Triennale in Milano and the MIC in Faenza. She participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Art Fair in Bologna, the Biennale of Venice , the Cheongju Biennale (Korea) , MAXXI in Rome, MADRE of Naples. Selected for the Compasso d’Oro, the Bundes Preis and the Grand Ethic Design.