“Every ephemeral sculpture is a challenge. You have to create a piece outdoors in a set amount time in all kinds of weather. You have to learn how far you can go with the material before it falls down or collapses. But it is as if time stands still, you are in a different state of mind, a state of elation where you do not feel the pains and aches, where you forget about the intense cold or heat. You immerse yourself in your work, you are always testing yourself. …And as soon as you finish it, you distance yourself from it and you do not even think about what will happen to it. You are already thinking about the next one…”
Patricia Leguen lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is originally from Saint-Nazaire, France. Leguen studied Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan and then at the École des Beaux-Arts, in Nantes, France.
Patricia has been sculpting snow, ice, sand, and fire at numerous international competitions, including events in Canada, Norway, Italy, Russia, the United States, Greenland, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, France, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, and Mexico. Some recent awards at international festivals include: “Best Hand Built Solo Sculpture” at the International Tournament of Sand Sculpture Champions in Harrison Hot Springs (BC, Canada); a bronze medal at the International Ice Carving Competition (Harbin, China) for a sculpture of Gabriel Dumont; and first place/jury choice at the International Snow Sculpture Festival in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, to name just a very few.
Leguen was featured in a Bravo Channel documentary series “Landscape as Muse,” as she created a 15-foot fire sculpture on the edge of an icy Canadian lake.
Pictured: Patricia Leguen (center), still from “Landscape as Muse” season one, 2006.