Joan Truckenbrod

Igloo to Nano

joan truckenbrod video sculpture - nanoscape


7' x 14' Dome, Video, Sound

Indigenous peoples in the Arctic create Igloos as shelters, made with the natural material of ice and in the form of a sphere which corresponds to familiar forms in the natural world — the shape of the moon, the curvature of the earth.

The curved form of the Igloo corresponds to the curves of the body creating an enclosure that implies a continuity with nature.


In one story an Inuit man was moved from an Igloo into a square home. This shape was very foreign, both as a form and as a cultural phenomena. He was not able to adapt to this radical shift.