Visual Wisdom

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AN ODE TO THE ELEMENTS THORUGH NORSE POETRY AND INTUITIVE CERAMICS

Water, Earth, Air and Fire are fundamental elements of nature, of which everything arises and ends. A thousand years ago this was a matter of course. In the age of the Vikings they also knew that the past and the future were equally important as the present. And that all actions were poured into the well of wyrd (time) and emerged as knowledge. Now we can admire it in the art they left behind, in the ornaments, the carvings – and in their poetry. Wise words of moderation, love, friendship and courage, whose validity has not been weathered over time.

We inherited this gift.

In the artwork of Ragnhild Wik we can see traces of it. Simple, quiet, perishable beauty. The kind that occurs when great materials are formed by skilled and loving hands. The book balances modern ceramic art and old Norse stanzas. Ancient wisdom and aesthetics of our time in an effort to show you something you deep down might already know.

About the authors

Ragnhild Wik is an Art Ceramist. Her tools are her hands. her head and her heart. She balances the elements, shapes and rubs, burns and glazes. Her expression is raw, intuitive and quite unique. Her art is her way of conveying important values from our common cultural heritage – and the virtues of today-

Filippa Tredal is the photographer of the book, binding the tales together. She has captured the moments through her lens, created visual magic.

Marianne Vigtel Hølland is the author, designer and visual weaver of this book. She is the owner of Slow Design Studio and has selected elements from her huge treasure chest of materials from present and past in this book. Twisting the photos, spinning on text, slowly weaving the book into one piece, that hopefully will help to bring ancient wisdom into the future. Since the founding of Slow Design Studio in 2015, Marianne has promoted a holistic and considered approach to design. Slow Design is not only about pace, it is also a mindset.

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