Zaria Forman

Zaria creates large-scale pastel drawings that document Earth’s shifting landscapes due to the effects of climate change.

Details for each series by the artist are noted below:


Israel was inspired by the coastline of Tel-Aviv. When I traveled there in 2009 I was fascinated with the waters of the Mediterranean, which were saturated with rich hues and were simultaneously transparent and luminous.


Greenland 2012: Chasing the Light: In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland called Chasing the Light, it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey.  These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out my mother's wishes and realize her dream.


The Maldives: Continuing the story of polar melt, which is the main cause of rising seas, I followed the meltwater from the Arctic to the equator. I spent September 2013 in the Maldives, the lowest and flattest country in the world, collecting material and inspiration to create a body of work celebrating and representing a nation that could be entirely underwater within this century.


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