Nomana is a secular saint from paintings by Magda Moskwa. It is also Magda herself. The word “Nomana” appeared for the first time in Moskwa’s painting in 1995, and has stayed there ever since. Nomana is akin to a mantra – it is both Magda’s painting and a figure in it.
Recently, Nomana has also become a sculpture that emerged out of a painting. At first there was a relief, often with a recess hollowed out as if in search of the entrails of the object. Later came oblong corporeal sculptures, which the artist defines as wound painting supports. The latest objects are even more coiled – they resemble intestines and bring to mind amorphous forms created by Maria Jarema.
Magda Moskwa states that sculpture affords her a more liberated approach to form, as opposed to painting, which requires utmost concentration and precision. The artist admits that she began sculpting at a time of crisis, compelled to distance herself from her previous practice. The energy and dynamics of sculpture helped Moskwa find harmony, while at the same time allowing her to develop motifs that had already been present in her work. Because everything is Nomana – one and the same, albeit expressed with a different means: painting, relief, sculpture, attire.
Moskwa has always been open about the self-therapeutic dimension of her work. She expresses herself through painting, finds tranquility over embroidery hoop, and creating sculptural objects offers her a source of sensual joy. She has also recently begun to use home aromatherapy and, as she claims, she knows no better way to lift your spirits and regenerate instantly than a seance with incense or using essential oils to compose a fragrance. The exhibition I Like Flowers is an attempt to share the effects of such practices with the public.