The main character of my novel The Age of Ice, Prince Alexander, is obsessed with ice. Among the many ice-related things that he does, is ice sculpture. Here is an interview with a real-life, present-day ice sculptor and entrepreneur Tatiana Viquez, who lives in the hot Southern CA, and has kindly agreed to talk with me about thrills and challenges of her art, about girl-power and power-tools, and why her company is called Troubled Ice.
Q: Why ice sculpting?
I'm an art lover, always have been. I draw, paint, work with pastels,
create chalk murals, glass blow; basically, I'll try anything that lets
me be creative. Which is pretty much how I became an ice sculptor. And
honestly, once you see the tools you get to use as an ice sculptor, why
wouldn't you want to be one? Chainsaws, chisels, rotary tools. I love
the power. Sculpting ice gives me a rush I don't experience from
dragging a pencil across a piece of paper. I know that when I hold a
power-tool with a hundred sharp teeth that could sever off any of my
appendages, all my senses are heightened. And I get to wield this tool
to make works of art that makes people question, is it glass? Is it
plastic? No, it's water, it's ice, that’s the marvel!
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