Nome Edonna’s signature forms—smooth-sided biomorphs that combine the animal and the mechanical—impart the feeling that in a different universe, simply hovering is enough. Steeped in their own kinetic energy, NoMe’s painstakingly rendered figures have become sought-after among Bay Area emerging art collectors. His work ranges from oils to collage, acrylics and aerosol, often all seamlessly combined within the same piece.
“I like to mix styles and experiment . . . but here it works,” NoMe says. “My idea for the room is a dream. Even when you’re awake, you’re in the dream.”
The wall texture—a source of some challenge for several of the Painted Rooms artists—forced NoMe’s ultra-smooth forms to evolve into bumpier organisms.
“It took me a while to adapt to the room, to be in the space and to let the thing be,” he explains. My work is normally super-clean . . . like when I’m painting on a panel. I have a hard time being sloppy.”
Wall textures aside, “sloppy” does not appear to be in NoMe’s aesthetic vocabulary. Incorporating textual notes (“This 2 Shall Pass”), landscape elements, a biomorphic machine floating above the bed, and a portrait of daughter Saren sleeping in the corner behind the door, the room offers a sweeping overview of his varied styles.
After traveling extensively in Europe, NoMe returned to California to pursue a career in the arts He moved to San Francisco in 1999. As a member of Gestalt Collective, NoMe recently participated in a “collaborative painting and sculptural installation investigating the role of consumerism, consumption, and recycling.” The group’s trash tsunamis and piles of detritus explored “the complex mechanics and hidden components of recovering physical material for reuse.” NoMe also worked for over a year on the Post-Graffiti Project with photographer Aliza Rand, transforming the “buff-outs” that clutter city walls into political, sometimes comical and often fantastic images.
NoMe’s collective work is perhaps best described in these lines from his START SOMA bio: “The lines between nature and technology become more blurred each day, and questions of survival challenge humanity as a whole. NoMe's work is a byproduct of urban life in a rapidly changing world.”