About Aric Jorn
Over the years, my creativity has found expression through music, theatre, writing and visual art, but sculpting is where I feel I am doing my most meaningful work. I sculpt myth. Since childhood, I have been an eager student of mythology. I am fascinated by the rich diversity of cultures and traditions throughout the world – both in terms of what distinguishes one from another and what makes them the same. As I continue to explore this fascination, I share the stories I find with the world through my sculptures.I view my role as one who gives form to the intangible tales of long ago so as to help others make personal connections between the past and the present. In so doing, I seek to remind people of the importance of our personal heritage and the contribution our individuality makes to the whole of society.
About the Work
Myths are stories that attempt to make sense of life and its purpose. As a narrative sculptor, I seek to give physical form to these tales to make them and their meanings more tangible and accessible. Although my work focuses on Viking mythology and culture, the underlying messages convey universally inclusive truths that get at the greater human story beneath. Each piece I create is accompanied by a “story card” that interprets the myth that inspired the sculpture so the story and its meaning always travels with the art.
One of my signature styles is the “layered relief” wherein I fuse together multiple pieces, individually cast in different materials to achieve greater dimensional possibilities and a rich variety of colors and textures. I work in both limited editions as well as open editions, thereby striking a balance between rarity and accessibility. My work can be viewed and is available at shows and exhibits and via my online store.
Shows, Exhibits & Events
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.
2017 Honorable Mention - Great Lakes Art Show
2016 1st Place (Sculpture) - Fountain Square Art Show
2016 2nd Place - Great Lakes Art Show
2016 Honorable Mention - Fine Art at The Village
2015 BEST in SHOW - Art on the Grand
"Odin's Ravens: Hugin & Munin" was selected as the January page
of the Windsong Foundation's
2017 Pagan Calendar
Myth in the Media
I have been honored to be featured twice on PBS's Emmy Award winning
show "Detroit Performs."