Welcome to Aric Jorn Studios
Aric Jorn is a narrative artist whose mission is to explore, preserve and share Norse culture and mythology of the Viking Age. Through his sculptures, he seeks to interpret the continued relevance of the culture and myths to a modern audience.
We invite you to be part of this mission by exploring this site, joining and engaging on the online community, sharing this site with friends and, if you are inclined, supporting Aric's work by purchasing a piece or becoming a Patreon supporter.
While my studios’ mission to explore, preserve, and share Norse mythology and culture of the Viking Age is achieved in part through my artwork, it is also accomplished by expanding ways to engage people who are curious but do not know a lot about the Vikings and their mythology as well as by providing new experiences for those who do.
Such is the case with the Studio’s TikTok channel (@aricjorn), launched this week. The channel will feature weekly content and several ongoing series, the first of which is “Myth in a Minute.” In each one-minute episode, I will share as many interesting facts on a specific character or myth as will fit in 60 seconds (the first episode - featuring Thor - has already been posted). The goal is to give listeners a bite-sized snapshot of the myths packed with fun facts that can be consumed anywhere while inspiring them to learn more when they have time for a deeper dive. I invite you to check out and follow our TikTok as well as to share it with your friends, family, and on your social media, which is a great and easy way to support the studio and further its mission.
Huginn Goes to the Show
We are proud to announce that Aric Jorn's freestanding statue, "Huginn," will be part of The Crow Show at Arts Illiana Gallery. The curated exhibit showcases corvidae-themed original works in a variety of mediums.
The exhibit is featuring in Arts Illiana's North Gallery January 21 - March 18, 2022. If you live in or are visiting the Terre Haute, IN area in the next two months, we hope you will add the exhibit to your itinerary.
The first in the new Relief in the Round series, Aric Jorn's latest freestanding sculpture depicts the stories of two sacrifices made by Odin to gain wisdom and understanding.
A limited quantity are now available in the studio store.
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 piece is added to the collection each month. Mini Myths are 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.