Different worlds collide in an abstract melting pot in Tim Romanowsky’s Nodon

Devising a strong colour palette to indicate separate chapters in the short, the distinctive palettes are the main carrier of Nodon’s cryptic story. Many different worlds are expressed through the chapters, interacting with one another until they merge to form something entirely new at the end. “I try to avoid too much storytelling and keep the interpretation as open and abstract as possible,” he says. “It’s a balance between abstract pictures and a simple narration. The film is not about the characters but more about the worlds they represent.”
Since April 2020 (when we first featured Tim) it goes without saying that a lot has changed in the world. For Tim specifically, he has “sneaked into the world of digital drawing,” he tells us. “It’s a great experience to translate my paintings with digital tools in a screen-based artwork,” he adds. The new workflow has, in turn, allowed his creative process to gain momentum. New inspirations have come to light and in a fascinating flitting between the digital and analogue, Tim also travels back and forth between two worlds.
This was his first intention when working on Nodon, creating a simple story which explores these worlds and how they affect one another. In a sense, Nodon can be seen as a predecessor to Tim’s former film Bowob which similarly investigates the topic of “stepping and exploring other worlds”. In Nodon however, Tim indicates the collapse and fusion of different thoughts or worlds, and the emotional effect of this, as expressed through line and colour, playfully darting from one composition to another.
Last year, we were lucky enough to delve into the practice of Tim Romanowsky, one that traverses paintings, animations, zines and drawings through a beautifully emotive and calm practice using abstract textured shapes. Tim also gave us a peek into his new animated short, Nodon, which is now finished and sees Tim eloquently intertwine multiple worlds together.