Posts tagged Root Cultures
The Hulder

Huldufolk is the name of the art exhibition at Jackson Flats that these three pieces have been made for. The Hulder are a part of the folklore of Scandinavia, living within and embodying the landscape and human interaction with place. The Hulder can be generous or vengeful, in accordance with how well treated they have been - just as Minnesota will care for us in accordance with how well we tend to healing our natural and cultural surrounds.

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Serious Questions

Poring over seventy or so books that I checked out from the library this last month, I came across many examples of magical notation hidden in folk art pieces from my European cultures of origin (Scandinavian, Slavic and Celtic). The hypothesis that I’m operating on is that pre-christian pagan symbolism has been cleverly folded into more recent versions of traditional crafts that exist currently in much diluted form. There are whole industries predicated on the production of faux-heritage kitsch, but what if we’re missing the fact that all of the symbolism being re-hashed in popular culture originates in the pictographic languages of a few root cultures going back to the Neolithic age, when these glyphs would have been applied with much greater labor and purpose.

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