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Man Freezes Alongside Icy Painting in Surreal Self-Portrait Sculpture

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If an artwork could ever give you a chill, it’s a sculpture by Laurent Pernot. His piece titled Self Portrait Face to a Winter Canvas features a life-sized replica of the Paris-based artist as he stands in front of a framed snowy scene. While that might sound innocuous, the artwork has a strange and surreal twist—the wintery mix is not just contained in the picture. Faux snow coats the figure and wood frame, as icicles dangle from the tip of his nose and hat.

Pernot has installed his piece in a gallery setting, and the surrounding indoor environment doesn’t have the same frigidness. It’s as if the snow and ice are merely figments of the statue’s imagination, showing us that mentally, he’s off in a much colder place. This idea, that reality and fantasy can coexist, is at the core of Pernot’s work. “His creations recurrently revolve around the notions of the visible and invisible, time and the confusions of memory,” his website states. Self Portrait is the visual representation of mind and matter.

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Pernot adds a chill to other objects, too:

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Laurent Pernot: Website
via [This Isn't Happiness]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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