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Varykino: The Ice Palace | Sculptures by Leisa Rich | Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans
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Varykino: The Ice Palace - Sculptures

Featured In Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

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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

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Leisa Rich
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Wescover creator since 2018
Art Archaeologist and Experimentalist. I do original, exceptional, and one-of-a-kind, on-time.

Leisa Rich was born and raised in Canada. After decades living in the U.S., she moved back to Canada in the fall of 2020. Rich holds MFA & BFA degrees in Fiber and a BEd in Art.
Rich exhibits internationally, has work in many public collections including: Delta Airlines Inc., Emory Healthcare, Dallas Museum of Art, The Works: Atlanta, University of Texas-Pan American, University of North Texas and the Kamm Foundation, and in many private collections around the world.
Her work has been featured in several books, magazines, blogs, and on PBS.
Rich has 46 years of teaching experience in arts centers in the U.S. and Canada.
She has written for Fiber Art Now, Felt, Arts ATL, Burnaway, blogs and more, and published her first children’s book, Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters, in 2015, and a series of How To art books about Fosshape, available on Blurb.
Rich teaches at arts centers including Arrowmont, Peters Valley, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Snow Farm, Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Society for Contemporary Craft.
Rich sells her work online on her website and