Zaria Forman: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth
Zaria Forman uses visual art to connect people with the impact of climate change. Full bio
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of climate change through my work.
to the capture the unfolding story
the subsequent rising seas.
the icy coast of Greenland
but equally endangered
of transition, turbulence
have the chance to visit.
as opposed to the devastation.
of these landscapes,
to protect and preserve them.
that we take action
on our emotions above all else.
that art impacts our emotions
between two and ten feet
to illuminating these projections
that statistics may not.
with traveling to the places
of the experience and the photographs
like charcoal, but colors.
but others call them painting.
as a "finger painter."
my fingers and palms
the composition as a whole,
through glassy water,
takes me about,
250 hours for something that size.
I could hold a crayon, really.
all over the house.
remote regions of the earth,
on these adventures.
near the North Pole.
I led my first expedition,
up the northwest coast of Greenland.
supposed to lead this trip.
stages of planning,
her body and mind,
never wavered, and I made a promise
with movement and sound
that I experienced.
of the ice is evident,
under the unseasonably warm sun.
many of the Inuit communities in Greenland
of vast areas of sea ice
freezing over as they once did.
and harvesting grounds
of life and survival.
contributing factors to rising sea levels,
I visited the Maldives,
in the entire world.
images and inspiration
on the coast of a nation
within this century.
amidst the melting ice.
of the landscape she loved so much,
and takes on new form.
of what we all stand to lose.
of sublime landscapes in flux,
and inspiring our global community
ABOUT THE SPEAKERZaria Forman - Artist
Zaria Forman uses visual art to connect people with the impact of climate change.
Why you should listen
The inspiration for Zaria Forman's drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography. She was born in South Natick, Massachusetts and currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Student Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a BS in Studio Arts at Skidmore College in New York. Her works have been in publications such as Juxtapoz Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine.
Recent achievements include participation in Banksy's Dismaland and a solo exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York in September and October of 2015. Her drawings have been used in the set design for the Netflix TV series House of Cards.
In August 2012, Forman led Chasing the Light, an expedition sailing up the coast of Greenland, retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford and documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape. Continuing to address climate change in her work, Forman traveled multiple times to the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and arguably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.
Forman was invited aboard the National Geographic Explorer, traveling to Antarctica as an artist-in-residence in November and December 2015. Her next solo show will take place at Winston Wächter Fine Art’s Seattle location, in February and March of 2017.
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