The Nordic Runes are a source for me to feel my way through confusion, pain, indecision, and bewilderment, and even fevers. I don’t look for answers. I seek transformation through the kinetic experience of letting the rune and rune reading enter my body on a cellular level.I am usually in an extreme state of agitation or perhaps exhilaration. Once i was sick with a wicked bronchitis and fever, Christmas Day cooking a turkey and oatmeal cookies, a bit hammered on Codeine syrup and iced Ouzo.
I lay out the stones, and pace around my studio with music playing and probably a glass of red wine or something in my hand. Then I paint my way through the body sensations as i ruminate on the message. I don’t plan anything about what i am going to paint, other than a color selection for the page of mural in front of me.
I know when i am done because i stop feeling the urge to jab or stroke or dab or squiggle; then i move on to the next rune. It goes rather fast. I think I painted this wall mural in two or three spurts over three evenings in January of 2010, up on scaffolds and such.
Sadly I painted these on a wall of a studio I was having huge conflicts with the building owners; floods and the like. I had to move out a few months later and the s.o.b.’s of course painted over the mural. and of course i cried and screamed and hugged Sowelu and Teiwaz and Isa. I was heart broken. But transformed. I suppose if I owned a chainsaw and a pickup truck , and a Chinatown hideaway, I would have just sawed the sheet rock dismembered the wall and hauled it away. Instead a good friend Barry a photographer and painter, shot images for me to save the paintings in sections. I would like to print them on silk.
I do see a few themes that show up quite often in my paintings; mythology symbology in threes, like hash tags, ovum, and such. Sometimes words pop into my head that expand the purpose of the rune reading for me, or illuminate a core experience.
Well, thanks for reading. I hope to create public Rune Graffiti and have places where others can walk into the experience. I would like to paint YOU and your messages on your walls.