Erin Currier

Wim 'Iceman' Hof as the Buddha

Mixed media collage and acrylic on panel, 36"h x 24"w, Item No. 17313,

Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure including: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefoot, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. Using “cold, hard nature” as his teacher, his extensive training has enabled him to learn to control his breathing, heart rate, and blood circulation and to withstand extreme temperatures.

Armed with his motto “what I am capable of, everybody can learn”, Wim Hof is convinced that everyone can tap into their inner potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel and daring. Wim has made it his mission to share what he’s learned with the rest of the world. And so he developed the Wim Hof Method: a combination of breathingcold therapy and commitment that offers a range of benefits. With his Wim Hof Method, he teaches people from all over the world, from celebrities and professional athletes, to people of all ages, to control their body & mind and achieve extraordinary things.

(Courtesy wimhofmethod.com)

In my collage painting homage, i have portrayed Iceman Hof as the Buddha. Like all my work, the piece is comprised of ephemera & post-consumer waste gathered in the world’s streets: super thrive fertilizer, a torn poster from an extinction rebellion event, a Kaune’s grocery bag graced with tulips, an empty package of Jovial organic gluten free brown rice pasta, “Ice” playing cards, & boxes of Pakistaní Henna for hair. The beautiful woman on the henna boxes comprises the Lotus throne on which Wim sits: she appears to be lifting him up; I thought of her as being symbolic of his First Love-- his late wife and mother of his children, who became the impetus for his spiritual awakening .