Home is where the heart is, right? But what if your heart is icy, or isolated? Minnesota artist Chris Larson captures the emotion associated with a home perfectly. Larson’s work focuses on the home and parts of the home. One of his more famous works, “Deep North”, top photo, is a capture in time of a household—completely frozen in ice. What is more interesting is the way that Larson completed such a piece. By taking a small home, fully furnished and decorated, in the dead cold winter of Minnesota, Larson began to spray the home with water inside and out, for many weeks. The result is an awe inspiring little home, with an almost peaceful layer of thick crystalline ice over every surface. The bed, the kitchen table, even the cross on the wall in the dining room, frozen in time by that white sheet. Or take for instance his 2006 piece of the house on the water, where he moved a small cabin into the still, gentle current of a Minnesota river, held by a sandbank and some skillful finagling. The picture of serene isolation. Larson’s work contains heavy, yet silent emotion that carries a haunting tone. I think that Larson’s work, especially his work that centers around the home, is very compelling. It is deceivingly simple. A home in the river, a frozen abode. These are not easy to achieve, yet they seem so natural. As if they were meant to be there, or have been there for long before. I am quite fond of them.
Chris Larson does not have a website, or much information in the open at all. A simple search of “Chris Larson artist” will bring you to his wonderful scope of work.