For those living in the UK, the recent grim news that this winter will be the country’s coldest one in recent memory is not a cheerful prospect at all. Arusha Gallery’s new show offers us sanguine consolation, as it brings together three artists’ interpretations of the tenacity of life through the austere winter. Yulia Kovanova, Tat Okada and Graham Clark offer us their perspectives on the harsh beauty of the seasons, and how our efforts to cope with the weather can have a formative impact on our characters.
Hailing from Siberia, which is notorious for its impossibly cold climate, Kovanova knows the unforgiving nature of winter better than most people. Through her work, which takes inspiration from her memories of Lake Baikal, she urges us to consider how winter can also be a time for us to cease activity and reflect on the overlooked beauty of the world around us. Okada, on the other hand, is intrigued by the contrast between winter and the vibrancy of the seasons that precede it. He draws on the lyrical works of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima to shed light on this contrast. Clark regards winter with more ambivalence: his photographs capture both decay and the elegance of renewal.
Then They Appear: Dreams in White is on until 8 December 2013.
Arusha Gallery, 25 Palmerston Place, West End, Edinburgh EH12 5AP
Images courtesy of Yulia Kovanova.