Dream Spaces

In the seemingly homogeneous works of Hanna Ewa Masojada one can distinguish pieces that form various groups of works of similar forms, inspirations and climate. All of the works  were created in acts of which the final outcome are paintings on a delicate fabric – almost monumental in size, intensive in colour and differentiated in composition. The paint in those paintings forms stylised shapes, creates stains, circles or a dense structure of lines. The technique and structure of the material doesn’t allow the artist for long moments of contemplation during work. The composition must be complete before the first stroke. Every form and colour are “seen” and established earlier. The colour, in almost every work, is very intense, often correlating with the colours of autumn. The deep red-maple colour of autumn in Japan, beautifully shown in the movie by Takeshi Kitano “Dolls” with costumes by Yahji Yamamoto, influenced the colour temperature of the pieces. The oval shapes and forms set on an intensive in colour background catch attention in a number of works, referred to as “Cocoons” by the author herself. The light coming from beneath energetically painted lines is intriguing. Those lines as in action painting  - apparently free – build the true composition,  which is not restrained by the edges of the fabric. The Cocoons are set in a one of a kind cosmic space, which is made up of numerous dots and whirling lines. This is a painting of becoming. Correlating to the mentioned cosmic space are pieces made up of stains of paint, which had been splashed on all of the fabric area, showing just a small fraction of the monumental whirl , its small part – energetic, spontaneous and impulsive. A few works were inspired by landscape. It is not however a simple landscape, but a more complex in form, of thick air, piled up plants and extended  forms of land. In some of her works build up of contrast, the artist uses almost clean white and black colour obtaining a graphic precision of shapes. Another group of pieces have a  gentle composition of disciplined form, defined by vertical and horizontal divisions, in which the strongest is the contrast of monumental form and delicate fabric.

The artist is inspired amongst all by her intuition, knowledge, experiences and emotions as well as fascination of Japanese art – with its calm and subtle climate, and silk being its perfect symbol. South Africa – close to the Artist’s heart – where she lived for a few years – can be found in the intensive colours of the pieces of often simple or even barbarian forms. This knowledge points to the colour of the African sun, the local nature and culture. Alongside to those inspirations, works of Masojada are deeply set in European culture, especially Poland.  The poetry of Zbigniew Herbert – so close to the Artist, so inspiring – that the poem “Blackthorn” gave her the courage to create, to risk and act against all odds: “blackthorn begins its solo concert/ in a cold and empty room”. Gives the power to passion and involvement “as those who can see in the dark”. The Author searches for just the right forms of self-expression. She created a variety of paintings in just one year, almost one month. Constant in this search are the intensive colours, light which often barely shines through the dark space. But it is that light that builds the composition of pieces, creates its centres, highlights the most important parts, creates new quality. Hanna Ewa Masojada paints not only on silk but also on canvas and paper. Her monotypes, regardless the difference of ground, are build up of the same sensitivity and sophisticated form and lightness of colour. Man in the works of Masojada is shown as a shaman. He reflects not only all of the human complaints but also what seems to man only probable, maybe even doubtful or unimaginable. However in the dream spaces possibilities have equal rights and on many occasions become the supplement of our reality. The Artist is fascinated by the fabric she creates on. It gives her ground not only to solve problems but also to fight it, conform her own thoughts and actions to it and finally take control over it. In some of her works there seems to be too much of the element, more so that the calm works have a stronger act thanks to the intensive colours and simple divisions. Clarity is good for Hanna Ewa Masojada’s art. It is her strong side, her advantage. The colour and light are more intense – the strongest aspects of the works. The title dream spaces are then filled with dreams.

                                                                                                                                                          Anna Kroplewska-Gajewska