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.
A CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS took flight earlier this month as all pre-orders shipped to their new homes. It was quite a sight to see them all lined up for final inspection before going into their boxes. For those who missed the pre-order phase, we have some good news: Aric managed to make three additional castings beyond those pre-ordered and they are available for immediate shipment. The next batch won't be produced until April 2021.
This wall-mounted relief is just over two feet long, eight inches high and four inches deep.
It has been designed as a display for the Mini Myth Collection® but can also be hung as a
stand-alone sculpture or as a shelf for reasonably light items.
A December to Remember
I am proud to participate in this inaugural event featuring nearly 200 of my fellow fine artists. With the impacts of the pandemic, it is more important than ever to support artists and creatives this holiday season as they bring beauty into our lives. Most artists depend on selling their work to survive. In the absence of art shows, gallery showings and exhibitions, it is an extremely difficult time. So take a stroll through the December to Remember online art festival and find something you like - you may very well be making a huge difference in the life of an artist.
Vikings Invade California
Part of Aric's mission as an artist is to share Viking culture with as wide an audience as possible so he was honored to have his work featured at the national media launch for Viking’s (formerly Viking Cruises) new Arctic Expeditions held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA on January 15. At the start of the event, 350 media and VIP guests entered a 7,500 square foot space centered on his art. Aric arrived a few days before to supervise the installation of some truly massive versions of his work – “The Viking Prow: Coiled Serpent” (scaled to 12 feet tall) and a new nine-panel relief called "Jormungandr" which, befitting its name (roughly translating to "huge monster"), was scaled to a beastly 22 feet wide and 13 feet tall and positioned behind the 32-foot long seafood and caviar buffet. It was incredible to see Aric's work scaled to this size - especially as part of a celebration of Norse culture with such a wide and interested audience.
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 10 of the subscription shipped in August 2020. The set features Modgud (the guardian of Hel's bridge), Jormungandr (the Midgard serpent), and Hermod (emissary of the gods).
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.