Margaret Nomentana

In non-objective paintings and mixed-media collages, Margaret Nomentana explores the potential of abstract, biomorphic shapes to evoke mental states: “Quirky, aesthetically engaging forms and spaces may carry sociological or psychological meaning, or perhaps no meaning at all beyond their intrinsic quality as shapes,” she has said. Working on multiple paintings at once, without any preliminary sketches, she applies acrylic paint and collaged elements to each canvas, intuitively working around a general emotional design for the series of paintings as a whole. Nomentana has cited Color Field painters such as Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis as significant influences. She uses their visual language combined with a Minimalist aesthetic to produce work more concerned with the relationship between the shapes and their narrative possibilities than pure abstraction.

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