Huginn and Muninn No. 12 – pulp painting of Odin's Ravens on handmade paper with watermarks (2018), Item Nos. 274.12 and 275.12

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handmade paper, cotton rag, pulp paint, pigment, metallic foil

This piece consists of two sheets meant to be displayed side by side, called a diptych. The handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton. 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 cotton rag. 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."

The pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than dyed paper, and the artwork is intended to be backlit. A pair of float frames (or a single large one; see image example using a lighted frame) is an option for displaying this artwork. A float frame could be hung in front of a window or other light source. The handmade paper is translucent and will reveal the watermark when lit from behind.

This piece comes with a description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Note: this listing includes two sheets of handmade paper art without a frame. The framed image example is only meant to provide an idea for displaying.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), November 2018.

Size: 18 x 12 inches (each sheet, approximate); 45.7 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 14 oz.; 414 g
Ships flat is padded mailer (14.25 x 20 inches) insured for the value of the artwork
This piece consists of two sheets meant to be displayed side by side, called a diptych. The handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton. 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 cotton rag. 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."

The pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than dyed paper, and the artwork is intended to be backlit. A pair of float frames (or a single large one; see image example using a lighted frame) is an option for displaying this artwork. A float frame could be hung in front of a window or other light source. The handmade paper is translucent and will reveal the watermark when lit from behind.

This piece comes with a description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Note: this listing includes two sheets of handmade paper art without a frame. The framed image example is only meant to provide an idea for displaying.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), November 2018.

Size: 18 x 12 inches (each sheet, approximate); 45.7 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 14 oz.; 414 g
Ships flat is padded mailer (14.25 x 20 inches) insured for the value of the artwork

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