These days, Myoda lives and works in rural Rhode Island. His latest project, “Nimbuses,” has its roots in historic representations of the nimbus, a luminous cloud that often surrounds a supernatural being or a saint in religious art. Across Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, the ethereal mist assumes different shapes, from circles to squares to hexagons to ovals. Myoda uses technology to play with the malleability of this charged symbol, rasterizing sketches into digital images, manipulating them with 2D and 3D design applications, and finally programming the forms to respond to the presence of viewers using infrared sensors.
The results include the Almond Nimbus, Square Nimbus, Circular Nimbus, and sea urchin-like Spines #2 (all 2015). For all of its technical complexity—his materials include aluminum, reflective mylar, high-power LEDs, a motor, and a microprocessor—the highly appealing Borderline Personality Disorder #3 has a pleasantly old-fashioned effect, throwing light and pattern around the room like a kaleidoscope.