Sacred to the Touch: Nordic and Baltic Religious Wood Carving by Thomas A. DuboisSacred to the Touch: Nordic and Baltic Religious Wood Carving by Thomas A. Dubois

Sacred to the Touch: Nordic and Baltic Religious Wood Carving

byThomas A. Dubois

Paperback | December 19, 2017

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With near-mythical forests of birch and pine, the Nordic and Baltic countries boast a rich tradition of religious wood carving that is in many ways emblematic of their cultures. Sacred to the Touch examines the spiritual and intellectual projects of six twentieth- and twenty-first-century artists who have adapted and revitalized this tradition. Through interviews and analyses, folklorist Thomas A. DuBois explores the notions of continuity with the past that these artists seek to express through their art, examining the forest church of late Finnish artist Eva Ryynänen, the carvings of Norwegian Americans Phillip Odden and Else Bigton that decorate a planned replica of a stave church in Southern California, the medieval Catholic-rooted work of Lutheran Sister Lydia Mariadotter (Swedish), the grave markers and roadside figures of Algimantas Sakalauskas (Lithuanian), and the merging of Lutheran and pre-Christian traditions by Lars Levi Sunna (Sámi). With color photographs and detailed descriptions, Sacred to the Touch reveals the interplay of tradition with personal and communal identity that characterize modern religious carving in Northern Europe.

Thomas A. DuBois is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Scandinavian Studies, Folklore, and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Lyric, Meaning and Audience in the Oral Tradition of Northern Europe and Nordic Religions in the Viking Age.
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Title:Sacred to the Touch: Nordic and Baltic Religious Wood CarvingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:December 19, 2017Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295742437

ISBN - 13:9780295742434

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Sacred to the Touch examines the spiritual and intellectual projects of six modern Nordic and Baltic artists who create sculptures of religious significance in the ancient and culturally-charged medium of wood. In interviews and analyses of works of art by Finnish, Lithuanian, Norwegian-American, Sámi, and Swedish artists, most of whom are self-taught or learned their art informally from other artists, folklorist Thomas A. DuBois explores the notions of continuity that such artists seek to express or obtain through their creative acts. The study presents the historical sources and periods that Else Bigton, SisterLydia Mariadotter, Phillip Odden, Eva Ryynänen, Algimantas Sakalauskas, and Lars Levi Sunna draw on in their works, ranging from pre-Christian to medieval Catholic, to conversion-era, to Reformation-era to modern and postmodern, and Neo-pagan. Through images and descriptions, the chapters reveal the interplay of notions of tradition and personal and communal identity as these shape the works of artists living in some of the most secularized societies of modern Europe. The study contributes to the fields of Art History, Baltic Studies, Folklore Studies, Religious Studies and Scandinavian Studies.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Eva Ryynänen: Karjalan Kukkiva Puu (The Flowering Tree of Karelia) and Continuity Uncovered2. Phillip Odden and Else Bigton: In Search of Knowledge and Continuity Covered 3. Sister Lydia Mariadotter: ?Försök! Fortsätt!? (?Try! Continue!?) and Continuity Rediscovered 4. Lars Levi Sunna: ?Válde dat dego dat lea ja don boa?át oaidnit? (?Take it as it is and see what happens?) and Continuity Recovered5. Algimantas Sakalauskas: Tikeimas (?Belief?) Tik Éj?mas (?Just Walking?) and Continuity Discovered ConclusionWorks Cited Index

Editorial Reviews

Sacred to the Touch accomplishes an enthralling illumination of the conditions for artistic practice in twenty-first century civil society and adds to the scholarship of material culture.

- Lizette Gradén, Lund University & The Royal Armory, Skokloster Castle with the Hallwyl Museum