Loman, an Australian, born in Cape Town, moved to Dakar in 2007. She feels the lively and creative force of the Senegalese capital, which has since become a central place for contemporary African art with events such as the Biennial of Dak'Art and the Partcours, a few of which she has participated in since 2012. Passionate about African art, she opens her home to collective exhibitions where along with her own work, pieces of art from other great Senegalese artists are also often exhibited. Her career as a self-taught artist leads her to broaden her skills: without ever closing her doors, she creates paintings decorated with metal, conceives pieces design, writes and sets to music her poems. Three dimensions that open on many horizons, in a coherent whole that undeniably brings the foot print of Loman Art.
Self-taught artist, Loman begins by creating mobiles. In the way of Calder, she tames the metal through delicate cuts to hang geometric pieces in an art deco style or to paint the celestial colors on whirling, winding plates. The notion of dimension, scale and surface have a paramount importance in Loman’s work, which is also accompanied by a will to recycle: invading the streets of Dakar in many forms, she is interested in reusing iron waste to sublimate and expose them.
Thus, she came to realize large canvases juxtaposing painting, broken mirrors, capsules and all kinds of beams. Her style evolved to elaborate sculptured paintings: on a canvas are the contours that contain the message, outlined and highlighted by the metallic sculpture that adorns it. The naive painting blends the hardness of the metal, cut with finesse. This rigid lace multiplies the fields of the eye: the shadows, the space and the colors that its carries offer Loman’s works unexpected and multidimensional facets.
As an attentive observer, the richness of the life of her city has become a favourite subject. The scenes of Dakar life, coffee vendors, fast cars, horse-carts, Goree Island on a seven-piece fresco, or the Djembe drums of her adored musician friend Doudou Ndiaye Rose, the recently deceased, UNESCO declared genius human treasure. From the expression of the real, Loman has realised the conceptualization of this philosophy with The Room: this piece with painted exterior walls, of live-sized dimension, is adorned with metal figures, wheels and chains of bicycle, which together translate the lively, rough and creative spirit of African cities. The projection of cars, buses and motorbikes circulating on these circular roads and without destination, introduces the video to add to the inventiveness of this single piece.
The art studio of Loman Art uses the key artistic elements of its works to design and manufacture pieces of artistic designer furniture and interior decoration. In the showroom of Loman Art House there are cabinets, sofas, coffee table, etc., all combining wood and metal astutely, both in the structure of the pieces and in the decorative elements that color them. If geometry prevails, the aesthetic balance is founded in the irregularity of the size and shapes of the elements: the classical and colossal dimensions of the furniture are broken, to surprise the eye and slip a touch of poetic madness with sobriety and chic.
Mobiles and mirrors are essential to the inspiration of Loman, who likes to approach new techniques and subjects using everyday objects: combining art and utility, these decorative elements have many aspects. Inspired by nature and tribal forms, these pieces, like their sculpted pictures, play with shadows, space and image, differ every moment.
She is working with Moctar and Ablaye on the metal, and Daniel Severin Ngassu on the painting. The team spirit is essential to her, helping to have a better vision of the final painting, to multiply the inspiration and to be ensured of the best quality, on both the substance and the form.