I came across Zaria Forman’s artwork while surfing on Pinterest, and was immediately captivated by her large-scale paintings of icebergs. They looked so photorealistic, almost touchable, nearly 3-dimensional. Hard to believe they are done using pastels.
Zaria Forman’s work is not just Art, it’s also a clarion call for us to pay attention to the issue of climate change. We need to take care of Mother Nature now, each and every one of us, otherwise all those beautiful icebergs will be no more in as little as our grandchildren’s time. And the sea levels will rise, resulting in permanent cataclysmic environmental changes and natural disasters. A truly frightening prospect.
This is Zara Forman’s own blurb from her website:
The inspiration for 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. Forman 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. Forman’s works have been in publications such as Juxtapoz Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, Huffington Post, and the Smithsonian Magazine. Zaria was featured on Good Day New York, Fox News, and interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News.
Recent achievements include participation in Banksy’s Dismaland, speaking at a live TED event at the Town Hall Theater in NYC, 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 NW 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 has been invited aboard the National Geographic Explorer as an artist-in-residence this coming November and December, traveling to Antarctica. Her next solo show will take place at Winston Wächter Fine Art’s Seattle location, in February and March of 2017.
Here are my favourite paintings by Zaria Forman, curated from Google Images:
The artist herself at work: