A BOOK OF STAVES: Galdrastafabok. Signed Copy.
London: Fulgur Limited, 2018. Limited Edition of 777 Copies. A FINE COPY, bound in premium cloth, and blocked in matte silver, in a full color dust jacket. Mr. Bransford has signed this copy. Thirty-nine full page color plates of the spells [staves, sigils] of which I found the Moon Ritual section to be very intriguing, particularly those representing the various Full Moons in the Signs. Icelandic folk magic and magical texts -- so-called low and high magic -- combine as sources and inspiration for this series of works by Jesse Bransford, who uses abstract watercolors to illustrate the spells: he calls these Icelandic works, 'spells', not paintings. These new works mark a departure by finding the intimate relationship between the creation of art, and the working of magic. Creation as magical working is not new to Bransford. For years, he worked with Agrippa's famous texts, then shamanic magic and pantheistic folk magic. A major collaborative dream work project brought unrecognizable magical alphabets and languages to his waking consciousness. The 'spells' illustrated in this book continue the exploration of the power of an unreadable text in a magical and artistic context, exploring the liminal space of an inaccessible logic. As visual expressions of magical manuscripts, the Poetic Edda, and runic lore, they are an original and contemporary interpretation of the magical Icelandic heritage. The Sayings of the High One in the "Havamal", spells which were probably spoken, are now talismans invented by the artist by intuiting the essence of the charms and force. For a deeper vision into these ancient meanings, please see the artist's "Statement from the Artist" as well as Robert J. Wallis's very keen essay, "I Know Those Spells': Staves for the Sayings of the High Ones." 120 pages. 4to. (Item ID: FUL-ST)