SNOWED IN 

'Snowed In' is an exhibition that captures the landscape and climate of snow. This exhibition explores different types of artworks showing aspects of snow such as paintings and sculptures. The artworks in this exhibition draw attention to the black and white side to snow, but some artworks also use bits and pieces of colour. This depicts the realistic side to snow and how it affects modern life today. The relationship between each artwork is that they all have similar colours and represent the same location. Also, all the artworks show different variations of snow, yet still manage to show the concepts of snow, which include the cold, the wet but also the beauty and harshness. Majority of the artworks have used mountains and trees covered in snow, as examples, to represent the landscaping of where snow usually falls and how cold snow can actually be. Some of the artworks show how snow can make a basic, plain object that may look like it has passed its time, look magical and majestic. The beauty of snow is portrayed in this exhibition, as is the roughness of snow and how it can affect a community. Natural disasters such as snow storms and avalanches are some of the ways snow can be displayed as a harsh environment. This exhibit shows all sides of snow and throughout the display, you can see the difference between the advantages and the disadvantages of snow. The artworks in the exhibition start off with lots of black and small amounts of white and colour. As the exhibit continues though, the artworks signify a colder environment, using mainly white to create the image. 

STRUCTURAL: The material used to print this photograph onto a canvas was a gelatin silver print. There are jagged lines that shoot down from the top right corner to the bottom left, in a diagonal fashion. The use of black, white and grey has been used completely throughout this photograph. The grey is used all throughout the top of artwork but is darker shade in the top left corner. The black is used more for the trees. The black starts off dark on the leaves, but gradually becomes lighter, almost to a grey, towards the trunk. The white that shows itself on the far left hand bottom corner and in specks throughout the top of the artwork, has a dirty white colour to it.
CULTURAL: The artwork, A Winter Scene, by Hendrik Meyer represents a cultural side of snow. The artwork shows rituals, gender and other aspects relating to the 18th century. The season would be winter, considering all the snow surrounding the village and the people are wearing warm clothing. A ritual for the villagers would be chopping wood or playing in the snow, as seen in the artwork. This could also be seen as a traditional gathering. These activities show society and how people works together to make sure everyone has warmth and food for the cold season. As you can also see in the picture, the only people doing the hard work such as chopping wood, were the men. The women aren't seen in this artwork, but the children who are seen, are playing and having a good time.
SUBJECTIVE: As soon as I saw this artwork of a tree covered in snow, I fell in love with it. I don’t really know why, but for some reason it spoke to me. The white, crisp snow wraps itself around the tree and the landscape surrounding the tree. When looking at the artwork, you can tell by both the snow and the weathering of the tree, the setting of the artwork is experiencing the winter season. Eventhough winter is a cold season, I don’t think of snow or rain. When I think of winter, what comes to mind is looking at the tree in the artwork, wearing warm clothing and drinking hot chocolate, taking in the world around me. The letters on the trees, make up the word snow, but each representation of the word snow, is in a different language. This also spoke to me because it shows multiculturalism and diversity between cultures, and coming from a big family, we have a variety of backgrounds and cultural differences.
POST - MODERN: Post - Modernism is defined as the movement of art with Conceptual art, Instillation art and Appropriation art in the 1970's. This sculpture represents Instillation art. This is when you can interact with an artwork. The reason I have chosen this artwork is because it is a life-size sculpture, that is placed with a gallery where an audience can see every detail of the artwork. It is a non-traditional artwork because it is not hung up on a wall, it is placed pedestal inside the gallery.
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