Artist Freezes Next to Painting

Icicles Hang from Artist During Installation

Laurent Pernot,Self Portrait Face to a Winter Canvas

Let’s just say this young artist from Paris is willing to go to extremes for his art. Standing before a painting with snow on his coat and hat, icicles forming on his clothes and body.

Or is he?

It turns out this is a sculpture–a life-sized self-portrait, not the artist himself turned into a popsicle. The icicles and snow, both on his person and the painting he is in front of, are all part of the illusion.

Laurent Pernot,Self Portrait Face to a Winter Canvas

Other may view the work in a gallery–comfortably warm, although they may still feel a bit of a chill at the wintry sight.

One of the themes in Pernot’s work is the side-by-side existence of fantasy and reality.

According to his website: “his creations recurrently revolve around the notions of the visible and invisible, time and the confusions of memory,”

Read the entire article by Sara Barnes on My Modern Met, available here.

See more of Laurent Pernot’s installations here