ambient lux


nomos, the Greek root of “to wander” and “to wonder,” is an accumulation of thousands of hollow porcelain tube forms. Each tube has a pointed end that fits snugly into peg boards which are covered with paper and clay pigment and backed with Styrofoam.

Each time I set up nomos, it is always a surprise to me.

Many people ask me if I have a “plan” for where the tubes will go. The answer is, “Not really.” I have thousands of tubes that vary in color, size, and texture. I start with a cluster of tubes that are of similar ilk and then vary the pattern as one might create variations in composing a flower garden. Even though assembling the piece is a long and arduous process (takes about 60 hours), I enjoy ‘playing’ with the tubes to weave together an undulating tapestry of forms and hues. My hope is that the sea of tendrils creates a sensory experience that stimulates a flood of perceptions and interpretations.

-Martha Russo, 2003

Kyle MacMillan, nomos grabs viewer at Carson Show, Denver Post, August 22, 2003, pg FF-20
Mary Voelz Chandler, Lux Looms Large, Rocky Mountain News, July 2003, pg
Michael Paglia, Summer Breaks, Westward, July 2003

Jessie Grearson, Creating nomos, Art and Perception, December 2005, pg.45-48

Denver Post, 10 +10
The Daily Camera, Selection Process Makes Interesting Biennial at MCA
Westward, Risk Management