Your Mother Sews Socks in Hell!

Exorcism (from Greek εξορκισμός, exorkismós “binding by oath”) is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person, or an area, that are believed to be possessed.




Ingvild Eiring talks about “Your Mother Sews Socks in Hell”:

Wetplate  by Julie Loen

The idea to make an exorcism-scene,  came to my mind before I thought of the project as a whole… as a series.  I simply wanted to make this famous scene, shamelessly copied from The Exorcist.

The Exorcist, 1973

I sculpted toys, teddybears, books, and a tiny Jack-in-the-box. The plaquettes on the wall by the door are buttons I found in my grandmothers drawer. With a little paint, they fit perfectly into this nursery.

Making wallpaper strips

Photo by Aksel Jermstad

Characters in progress

At this point, I wanted to make the look of the characters a bit different, more like rats. I wanted some variation. However, I didn’t follow up on this in any of my later dioramas, I realized I prefer the characters to look like mice. I put a lot of effort into giving them a personality through small variations in expression.

Wetplate by Julie Loen

Sculpting new heads

I hardly ever go back, improving things on my older dioramas. But for my exhibition at Gallery Grette, July and august 2021, I made new heads for the clergy in this scene.  I have come to think that  all the men of the Church in my series should have red eyes.