Wet Your Palette: A Group Show of Water’s Numerous States
ABOUT THIS PIECE: Hauntingly realistic and expressively sensitive, Zaria Forman's drawings documenting climate change are startling observations of our changing landscapes. With a grace of hand, Forman evokes the ethereal beauty of our most isolated environments.
ABOUT THIS ARTIST:
ArtStar collaborated with Zaria to create fine art, limited edition prints of her original drawings. Each print is limited edition and fully authenticated by Zaria.
Zaria Forman creates large-scale pastel drawings depicting Earth’s shifting landscapes due to the effects of climate change. She travels to the Poles to document the unfolding story of melting ice, and to the Equator to capture the subsequent rising seas. Her drawings describe in detail the sublime beauty of remote areas, allowing viewers a chance to experience a place they may never see first-hand.
Zaria exhibited in Banksy's Dismaland in Weston Super-Mare, UK. She delivered a TEDTalk which aired on PBS and is featured on TED.com. Forman’s works have appeared in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and Smithsonian Magazine. Zaria was featured on Good Day New York, Fox News and was interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News. Her drawings can be seen in the set design for the Netflix TV series House of Cards. NASA invited Zaria to join their Operation IceBridge in Antarctica and Greenland, which she did in 2016 and 2017.
Zaria Forman’s pristine, photorealist paintings of the ocean and remote, icy landscapes are painted by hand—quite literally using her fingertips to render marks in paint and chalk, rather than brushes. Traveling to far-flung corners of the globe affected by climate change, in order to source inspiration for her large-scale compositions, Forman takes photographs and creates sketches, working from these and her memory in the studio after she returns to the US. Past expeditions have included one to Greenland in which Forman retraced the 1869 journey of the American painter William Bradford. “In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer,” she has said. “In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature.” Her work has been featured in the set design for the Netflix series “House of Cards”, as well as in set designs for the ballet performances.
American, b. 1982, Piermont, New York, based in Brooklyn, New York