Obsessive Pleasures

nomos (cube)

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 (cube), 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, scale, 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.

The first rendition of nomos was a large-scaled, curved wall, 18’ x 10 x 6’. Assembling this piece is a long and arduous process taking about 60 hours. nomos(cube) sprung out of a desire and need to put up a piece that took less time. Also this smaller size is more akin to human scale allowing the viewer to interact with it more closely.

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, 2004

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

Sculpture Magazine, Boulder Museum of contemporary Art
Colorado Springs Independent, Re-Absorbable