From the Don Widmer Gallery
From the Don Widmer Gallery
Category: Mixed Media
Title: Huginn and Muninn No. 7, framed – pulp painting of Odin's Ravens on handmade paper with watermarks (2018), Item Nos. 274.07 and 275.07
Description: This piece consists of two sheets in a single frame. The handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from various fibers. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet. The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton rag, abaca (inner bark of a banana plant), kozo (mulberry), and hemp. I cook and rinse the latter two fibers myself, beginning with the raw plant material. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Bits of metallic foil are swirled into the pulp to provide texture and interest. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Huginn and Muninn continues my series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several black bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The Norse god Odin is frequently depicted with a pair of ravens, Huginn and Muninn, which bring him information. Huginn represents thought while Muninn represents memory. Each sheet of handmade paper includes a watermark, which is revealed when the image is backlit. The mysterious valknut depicts three interlocking triangles and is associated with Odin. The valknut knot, symbolizing mental binds, further reinforces Huginn's meaning as a bird of thought. In my depiction of Muninn as a bird of memory, he is seen looking backwards over his shoulder. The watermark symbol is the Old English rune ós which is associated with Odin and his importance as "wisdom's foundation." This piece is framed in a unique frame created by photoglow.com. The frame itself light up (using LED technology) to reveal the hidden watermarks. The simple black metal frame includes a hanging wire on the back. The paper is attached to a white mat using archival tape. Instead of glass, a lightweight acrylic sheet covers and protects the artwork and is amazingly glare-resistant. The glow frame includes a thin white cord (13-ft. length) with a dimmer switch that can be turned on or off. It plugs into a standard outlet. The handmade paper is translucent and will reveal the watermark when lit from behind. This paper is pH neutral and archival and the pigmented color in the artwork is considered light-safe. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), July 2018. Frame Size: 19.25 x 26.25 inches; 49 x 67 cm. Package weight = 9 lb.; 4 kg.; shipping/handling includes packaging cost and insurance.
Color: black, white, gray
Dimensions: 26 inches wide, 19 inches tall, 1 inch as its depth