Gnawer of the Moon - Trolls in Norwegian Folk Tales
Manette Garrison's work takes Norwegian folklore to the next level. Instead of catering to the youth as many illustrator and children's authors do, she has really captures what was in the minds of the original story teller in all of its spooky glory. The subjects almost become part of their surrounding environment, peaking at the outside world. They are somehow beautiful, scary and docile all in the same breath.
The artist was born in Minnesota and attributes some of her inspiration to its Scandinavian culture from early Norwegian and Swedish settlers. She was fascinated by harshness and contrast that is reflected in folktales and the tension between good and evil and their practical advice and moral lessons.
Manette graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown in both Chicago and San Francisco.