Everyone has a favorite season. Whether we choose it for the unique visual experiences, the holidays we celebrate, or the weather that suits our hobbies, there is always a particular time of the year that we long for. Seasonal art lets us permanently gaze upon that time which is so a part of our identities.
Depending on where we grew up and where we have found ourselves in our adult lives, we are not always surrounded by the seasons we grew up with. Someone who moved from north to south might long for the comforting stillness of the snow, while another might crave an endless summer they’ll never see. The presence of seasonal art lets us live for a moment in the atmosphere that we miss.
Artists like Leonid Afremov fully immerse the viewer in all-encompassing seasonal worlds. With his thick paint and vibrant color, he knows that seasonal art should not just provide a likeness, but invoke a feeling as well. When we think of seasons we think of memories, and work like his lets the viewer bring his or her own memories to each piece.
Seasonal art has a certain anonymity to it. One sees an autumn photograph and might think of a hike taken with a close friend. One sees a summer painting and might remember a holiday at the shore. Even pieces that include figures let us impress ourselves upon them.
These pieces also allow the viewer to create a unique fiction, subconsciously or purposefully. Seeing a depiction of a wintry snow-covered farm could lead to thoughts of wondering who might live there and if they are warm enough inside. There can be nostalgia for a place we’ve never even known. It feels familiar.
It is a wonder to think that seasonal art could be someone’s very first introduction to a place in this world that they have never known. Whether we long to see Europe in the spring, or Vermont in autumn, seasonal art allows us to indulge our imaginations. We don’t feel disheartened being elsewhere.