Zaria Forman draws large scale pastels that document Earth;s shifting landscape and the effect of progressive climate change. Forman currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY, and is represented by Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York, NY and Seattle, WA.
She travels to remote regions of the world to collect images and inspiration for her work, which is exhibited worldwide. She has flown with NASA on several Operation Ice Bridge mission over Antarctica, Greenland, and Arctic Canada. She was featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and PBS. she delivered a TED Talk, and spoke at Amazon, Google, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Exhibited in Banksy’s Dismaland, and was the artist-in-residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. Her works have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and the Smithsonian Magazine.
“The inspiration for my drawings began in my early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the worlds most remote landscapes, which became the subject of my mother’s fine art photography. I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I love watching a far-off-storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland’s waters. In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer.
In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature. The act of drawing can be meditation for me, and my hope is that the viewer can share this experience of tranquil escape when engaging the work.” – Zaria Forman
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