At Large  January 4, 2020  Cynthia Close

The Art of Snow and Ice

Simon Beck, Footprints in the Snow, 2019. 

When the short, dark days of winter send most of us under the covers nursing a hot chocolate or anything with a shot of rum, artists, driven by tenacity and curiosity continue to explore the vagaries of the season reproduced in two or three dimensions. The earliest images of winter were executed in paint on canvas or parchment. Now, contemporary artists may resort to snow and ice as their medium, using the ephemeral qualities inherent of water below 32 degrees to call attention to the pressing issue of climate change. The following ten examples trace the art of winter over time.

About the Author

Cynthia Close

Cynthia Close holds a MFA from Boston University, was an instructor in drawing and painting, Dean of Admissions at The Art Institute of Boston, founder of ARTWORKS Consulting, and former executive director/president of Documentary Educational Resources, a film company. She was the inaugural art editor for the literary and art journal Mud Season Review. She now writes about art and culture for several publications.