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 most ambitious piece to date, Huginn is made of cold-cast bronze, nickel silver and brass.
This limited edition sculpture is now available in the studio store.
Join us in seeking the most legendary and elusive of bridges as we embark on the Journey to the Bifrost. This is a virtual challenge completed at your own pace. It’s an epic trek of 300 miles in 150 days starting at a re-created longhouse that is part of the Lofotr Viking Museum in Bøstad, Norway, traveling up the western edge of the country to Tromsø, Norway, famed for its views of the northern lights (aurora borealis). Along the journey, you will learn about Norse myth and culture, discover tales of the Bifrost and the gods who used it to travel betwixt the realms, connect with “fellow travelers” and see them on the map as we share in an adventure like no other all while getting healthier. all who complete the journey by September 15, 2021 will receive an exclusive commemorative Bifrost medallion sculpted by Aric Jorn. Are you in? Learn more on our Journey to the Bifrost page.
SOLO ARTIST EXHIBIT
I am honored to share the opening of my Solo Artist Exhibit at the Farmington Hills City Hall. Running from April 5 through June 5, 2021, this exhibit is a rare chance to see all my current work on display in one place and without the hustle of the crowds typically associated with an art show. If you find yourself in southeast Michigan over the next two months, I hope you will stop by to see it. To add a little fun, anyone who attends the exhibit and sends us a selfie next to their favorite piece will receive a $20 credit good toward a non-subscription purchase from the studio store.
The entire Mini Myth Collection is featured along with all my freestanding sculptures and layered reliefs. The exhibit organizers have also produced a recorded interview with me that will be looped throughout the show wherein I discuss my studio, mission, and work along with some of the stories and techniques behind it all. I have been participating in the Farmington Hills Public Arts Program continuously for three years now and am thrilled to have been invited to do a solo exhibit. The collection is open: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
The Farmington Hills City Hall is located at:
31555 W Eleven Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
For more information on the Public Art Program or exhibits in Farmington Hills, call (248) 473-1859 or 1857.
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 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 11 of the Mini Myth Collection shipped in January to Myth of the Month subscribers and is now publicly available. With this trio, we are very close to completing all the characters involved in the story of Baldr’s death and the efforts made by the gods to bring him back from his afterlife in Hel - one of the most lavish stories in the Poetic Edda. The Wave, which includes three highly requested figures, includes:
goddess of healing and
doctor to the gods
son of Odin, referred to as
"the shining god”
"the blind god,” tricked into
murdering his brother, Baldr, by Loki
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.