Original art for sale at UGallery.com | Muspellheim by Quin de la Mer | $2,000 | mixed media artwork | 36' h x 36' w | ..\art\mixed-media-artwork-Muspellheim

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Quin de la Mer

Fresco: lime putty, water, crushed marble, mineral pigments on Wood

Natural wood edges

Ready to hang


Signed on back


36 " h x 36 " w x 2.5 " d |6 lbs. 0 oz.




In Norse Cosmogony, it is said that before there was anything, there was only the primordial void of potentiality, Ginnungagap. Out of this chaos of creation came the elemental world of fire, Muspellheim, and the realm of elemental ice, Niflheim. The flames from Muspellheim and the Rime from Niflheim crept toward each other until they met in Ginnungagap. As fire melted ice, the void of potentiality filled with fertile waters forming Ymir, the first life.

This artwork is made using a classical fresco technique composed of lime putty, mineral pigments, lime-based plaster, and crushed marble. The resulting surface and color are incredibly unique. The surface is smooth like polished stone, and the color changes with the light source. You will notice in the corner detail image the highly reflective quality of the surface. The depth and detail in the work are due to the many layered process exclusive to this ancient medium. Another notable quality is that all materials are “green” and of the earth. No artificial substance, ingredient, or varnish is used or applied.  The shiny finish is the result of the friction applied during the burnishing process. Frescos are known for their durability. Although edges are somewhat fragile and can chip, the piece itself is incredibly strong. Ancient frescos have survived thousands of years and endured fire, water submersion, and war; existing today with only minor wear.

Two D-rings are attached to the back of panel. Hang directly from D-rings (not a wire). Edges are fragile. A float frame is recommended.

Quin de la Mer

Indian Wells, California

Surrounded by artists and activists in San Francisco’s Mission district, Quin de la Mer creates conceptual, mixed-media artwork. She combines classical fresco techniques and contemporary abstraction to create what she calls “Modern Frescos.” Despite the many layers and textured appearance, the surface of each artwork is smooth and highly polished. As light reflects off the surface, each piece is in a constant state of change. Music is a crucial element to her work. Quin, a classically trained pianist, considers her frescos visual pieces of music. Just as music is composed of vibration of sound, her paintings are composed of vibrations of light.

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