Welcome to Aric Jorn Studios
Aric Jorn is a narrative artist whose mission it is to explore, preserve, and share Norse culture and mythology through his sculpture and to communicate its continued relevance to a modern audience. We invite you to explore this site, ask us questions, and, if you would like to support our work, we hope you consider joining our community, sharing this site with friends, becoming a Patreon supporter, or putting one of Aric's pieces on your wall or shelf.
Aric Jorn's latest sculpture is the first in a new series called Relief in the Round.
Pre-orders are now open in the studio store.
The Journey to the Bifrost, Aric Jorn Studio's first virtual walk has now come to an end. Much fun was had along our 300 mile trek up the western coast of Norway to Tromsø, Norway, famed for its views of the northern lights (aurora borealis). Thank you to those who supported the studio's mission and who participated. We look forward to traveling with you as well as many others on our next adventure. Watch the site for details.
SOLO ARTIST EXHIBIT
Thank you to everyone who came to see my Solo Artist Exhibit at the Farmington Hills City Hall. It represented a rare opportunity to see all my current work on display in one place and without the hustle of the crowds typically associated with an art show. The entire Mini Myth Collection (to date) was featured along with all my freestanding sculptures and layered reliefs. The exhibit organizers also produced a recorded interview with me so, even though the show is over, you can see the video here.
The Mini Myth Collection
Standing at a pocket-sized two-to-three inches tall, each Mini Myth represents a god, hero or creature from Norse Mythology making them the perfect size for your desk, shelf, or travel altar. One new Mini Myth is added to the collection each month. Available individually through the studio store or as a Myth of the Month subscription.
Wave 13 of the Mini Myth Collection is now publicly available and includes:
A witch of the Vanir tribe of gods, Gullveig was burned alive three times by the Æsir gods only to rise again each time unscathed.
The only character in the Poetic Edda to be directly identified as an álfr (elf), Völund is a smith of great renown.
One artist's journey of discovery through Norse art & Viking myth
I have loved mythology all my life and currently devote most of my artistic energies to sharing the stories told over 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Oddly, despite being Scandinavian, I grew up with little knowledge of my heritage or the depth, originality and richness of Norse mythology. When I began to explore it as an adult, I came to realize not only how captivating and uniquely satisfying their beliefs, traditions and stories were but also how much of it is gone. Like so many oral-based traditions of ages past, when ancient Scandinavia eventually succumbed to a different culture's beliefs - in this case, Christianity - most of this fascinating culture was forever lost to us. What remains are enticing fragments, curious artifacts, and tales of dubious provenance. As Neil Gaiman put it in his recent book, Norse Mythology, "I can imagine the stories but I cannot tell their tales ... they are lost, or buried, or forgotten."
Despite everything we've lost, much of what we know is highly accurate, particularly in the form of physical artifacts which offer clear examples of the Viking aesthetic as it manifested in their woodcarving, silversmithing, shipbuilding and the design of their weapons and armor as well as the textiles, burial rites and general structure of their society. But some of the things most closely associated with the Vikings turn out to be false or grossly altered to fit stereotypes. A handful of 19th century artists and composers including Richard Wagner are the likely source for the fallacy that Vikings had horns on their helmets. Some of the core source material used to study Norse mythology today was written a hundred or more years after the Viking Age had ended by people like Snorri Sturlason, author of the Prose Edda, who it is widely suspected revised the tales in order for them to be palatable to his largely Christian audience. Still more confusion has been stirred up through the borrowing of Viking mythology to create new tales (Marvel Comics, for instance, portrays the Aesir Gods as aliens from a distant planet). Even television series like History Channel's Vikings - for all they get right - portray the Norsemen in the black biker-leather-like-armor currently fashionable in movies when the reality of Viking dress was much more colorful and sophisticated.
I am not suggesting that there is anything wrong with using Norse mythology and culture as the basis or inspiration for new creative tales - the Vikings did this themselves after all and so do I. It is a rare and wonderful setting for artists to play in and expand upon, but as we play and borrow and delight in these stories - new and old alike - we should acknowledge that the resulting line between who the Vikings really were and who they have become in our collective imaginations is often a blurry one.
There is no way to know with any certainty whether my interpretation of a given character or story is entirely accurate and, as an artist, absolute accuracy is not always my main goal. Still, with every piece I create, I attempt to embody the spirit of my ancestors and interpret through my art the essence and meaning of the stories they left behind. I would like to think that the resulting work would be at least familiar to those who originated the tales over a millennium ago and that they would smile at me in recognition of a kindred spirit.