Art Preview: Odin’s Eye @ the Nordic Heritage Museum

Through November 9th, Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard hosts Odin’s Eye, an exhibit of art works based on Norse Mythology. Icelandic artists Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon (also known as Sin Fang), Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir; and American artists Lulu Yee, Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson, were asked to create works telling a Norse Mythological story (or stories). Curated by Yee, the art includes a cyborg-esque mixed media of Ymir in the Emptiness (creator of the world) and Odin’s Eye, depicting the god’s eye sacrifice for wisdom – he’s also wearing gold wings – by Weisberg; oil paintings of bucolic scenes by Gunnella; and Yee’s ceramic forms. Yee’s sculptures of gods Loki, Freyja and Baldur are not only shinily adorable, but carry elements of their stories and personalities on their bodies. For example, Freyja has plump grey cats on her back (her chariot was drawn by cats). It’s tattoo mythology. And a piece by Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir interprets stories from the Völuspá (Prophecy of the Völva) on individual tarot cards, completing the entire deck. You’ll want to see these works up close.

Go here for more information and museum details.

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Loki, Baldur & Freyja – work from Lulu Yee

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Odin’s Eye Cupcakes @ the Opening Night Reception

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