My final artwork is based around Odin’s two Ravens, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). You will see from the photographs from my past few posts that their image is also incorporated into the shop ‘logo.’
Huginn and Muninn collect information for Odin, flying all over the world to get it. From the Poetic Edda compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, Odin is referred to as “raven-god” due to his association with Huginn and Muninn and are described as perching on Odin’s shoulders. It is said that Odin gave Huginn and Muninn the ability to speak.
My own two ravens (I did make two, they are not cleverly Photoshop-ed) are again made from paper. I cut hundreds of tiny feathers in varying sizes which were then folded and layered to cover the body. The internal shape is made from tissue paper and masking tape. The feet are made from wire and covered with paper. The images that can be seen on the feathers are made from a selection of different things. I used silver pen to draw large scale symbols of feathers on to black paper, some of the feathers are cut from images of thick, layered black paint and some from images of graffiti on street walls. The rest are varieties of newspaper text which are layered with images of crumpled paper to represent the conveying of information. I wanted the two ravens and the cut out words to be seen as one artwork. The long strip of text is a quote from Neil Gaiman, which reads:
“Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…” Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Volume 4 Brief Lives
This quote very much sums up my theme as a whole; the transient nature of worship, of stories, of how quickly those things which are essential to our belief systems fade into insignificance.
Here are my images: