Like some great balloon, Big Nana rises in a grand embracing movement. The naive, ornamental manner of painting emphasises the movement while at the same time giving Nana a series of positive signals: vitality, joy, exuberance, eroticism etc. Humour is also an essential element in the sculpture inasmuch as the small red balloon cannot possibly support the huge female body.
Nana Baloon is cast in polyester. Niki de Saint Phalle experimented from the 1960s onwards with modern materials, and with polyester she was able to create voluminous, but still “light” sculptures. The series of Nana’s clearly brings out this duality between material and mass.