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Untitled: San Diego

Akiko Mims

6 x 4 ft

2011

This week, we hung a new piece of art in our office commissioned from a local San Diego artist, Akiko Mims. Based on another piece that she did, Akiko manually shapes her vision by transposing a Google Map onto canvas. Using highways, roads, and other boundaries to lay the foundation, Akiko abstracts her vision based on a chosen locale and story:

The story behind this one is very interesting… Essentially this San Diego map, is a “mashup” of Indian symbols from a tribe that once populated the area. The wolf-like mythical creature was said to chase the moon. If you look close, there are many subtle tribal drawings inside the painting. We finally found the Centigon Solutions office along with animals, topological maps, and other items.

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