Artist Recidency at Seanse

June 13th-June 17th I had an artist recidency at Seanse Art Center in Volda with my project Fortidens Norge (Prehistoric Norway). In addition to myself there was one other visual artist, one actress, one musician, one group of three actors and one group of two dancers together with a musician having their residency at the …

Fortidens Norge / Prehistoric Norway

My project about rock art in Norway is now funded by Kulturrådet (Arts Council Norway). The name of the project is Fortidens Norge, or Prehistoric Norway in English. The funding will allow me to work at least one year with the project. This summer I will travel to many different locations with rock art in …

Moelv Helleristninger Part 4

Some of the figures on side three the Moelv rock are made in a different style than the ones on side 1, and it is probable that more than one artist made the figures on the rock and possibly there were big gaps of time between the creation of some of the figures. The shape …

Møllerstufossen

I visited and photographed the petroglyphs at Møllerstufossen by the river Etna in Dokka. Red paint is no longer applied to the petroglyphs at Møllerstufossen, as it can damage the petroglyphs. This can make some of them difficult to see. I’ll later use the images from the trip to draw different interpretations of the petroglyphs.

Moelv Helleristninger Part 3

Figure 4 and 5 on the Moelv rock are missing some parts due to damage to the rock, and I did a restoration for what the missing parts might have looked like: The abstract patterns within figure 4 and 5 are quite common in petroglyph animal figures. What the artists had in mind when adding …

Moelv Helleristninger Part 2

Continuing with the interpretations of the figures on side 1 of the Moelv Rock I’m moving on to the bottom left figure from the picture in the previous post. I rendered the shape of the petroglyph both as a young moose and as a goat. In the moose version the long ears and stocky body …

Moelv Helleristninger Part 1

I am drawing a series of possible interpretations of what the figures in the rock carvings at Moelv may represent. I’m starting with the two figures at the top left, which I call figure 1 and figure 2 from side 1 of the Moelv rock. Figure 1, the one most to the left, looks a …

Horned figures in bronze age rock art in Norway

There are several horned humanoid figures in the Bronze Age rock carvings found in Østfold, Norway and Bohuslän, Sweden. These figures are often interpreted as humans with horned helmets. Another distinguishing feature of the humanoid figures from this area and time period are elongated legs with accentuated calf muscles, and sometimes they also have elongated, …