Materials & Dimensions: oil pastel, wood framed, 28”x 32”
This work was created on site en plein air with special entry permission granted by National Historic Scotland into the tomb of Maeshowe, one of the four sites within UNESCO’a Heart of Neolithic Orkney archaeological wonders. I would lock myself in Maeshowe in the evenings and work (draw) into the wee hours of the morning. Maeshowe is a Neolithic 5000 year old chambered tomb into which the setting winter solstice sun blasts its last rays down the thirty-foot long tunnel entrance to illuminate the tomb’s interior on that shortest day of the year. In 1153 A.D. during a blizzard, Vikings broke into Maeshowe and carved graffiti on the chamber walls whilst taking shelter there; 30 inscriptions are found in Maeshowe, make it one of the largest, and most famous, collections of Viking runes known in all of Europe. These particular runes read: “Ingibjork the fair widow – many a woman has walked stooping in here a very showy person” signed by “Erlingr”.
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