Les maisons de glace

les maisons de glace, 2017

sculpture, ice, various sizes (~14x10x2cm)

Ice houses, On Adam's House in Paradise, Joseph Rykwert recalls Filarete's myth of the first act of architecture as having been linked to Adam's exile from Eden: in the rain that greeted Adam on departing the garden, he required shelter. His hands raised to protect himself from the rain, shaping a roof over his head.

While architecture is generally designed for long-term use and a permanent presence, ice houses no longer protect. There is no more edification but a melting process. After about three hours, something formless turned up in a puddle. Ice houses speak of the loss of an object and attest to the impossibility of recuperating this lost object.