debra jewell
Örebro 1
2013
Trace Monotype
20" x 32"
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.
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