Varykino: The Ice Palace

Sculptures by Leisa Rich at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans - Varykino: The Ice Palace
Sculptures by Leisa Rich at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans - Varykino: The Ice PalaceSculptures by Leisa Rich at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans - Varykino: The Ice PalaceSculptures by Leisa Rich at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans - Varykino: The Ice Palace
Image credit: Leisa Rich
The movie Dr. Zhivago imprinted on me when I first saw it in the late 60’s, and I have watched it several times since. This epic film explored the love that three men — a revolutionary, a mogul, and a doctor – had for the main character Lara, and the huge impact of WWI and the Russian Revolution on their lives. I was especially struck by the engulfing of the estate they flee to, in the ravages of ice, during their long winter there, and the desperation that sets in. I also grew up in Canada, playing in ice houses on Lake Huron, and wandering through the glittering icicles and snow banks formed from wild winds and wet snow. I wanted to recreate those scenes, and created this work using the incredible material Fosshape® using the technique of crochet and a heat press. Also, this is a tumultuous time we are presently living in, and my work seeks to explore ways to remove humans from daily experience for a brief moment, that they might be transported into another reality. Materials: Fosshape. Technique: Heat activated crochet and heat press
Art Curation by Dave Greber

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