Örebro 1 is shown in Runes Revealed - Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet: A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts, at Adobe Art Gallery, 20395 San Miguel Ave, Castro Valley CA, Dec 2, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018. Opening Reception: Saturday Dec 2, 2017, 1-3pm. Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sat 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
The ancient Norse rune, Dagaz, meaning day or dawn, was selected for this trace monotype. Dagaz refers to time on a daily cycle, and is also a rune of bold change for example, the burst of light at the moment of illumination. Dagaz has been used as a symbol of light for more than 4,000 years. In the Nordic lands of long nights and winters, Dagaz is strongly associated with light and life. Dagaz as awakening, breakthrough, or 'power of change' entails the balancing polarities of light and dark, daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. In this monotype I have sought to represent the interdependence of light and dark in the contrast of plate tone and the branching of trees. It is the place where the opposites meet.