“It is my life’s mission to convey the urgency of climate change through art,” states Zaria Forman. And she does this through painstakingly drawn, detailed pastel drawings that look so real they can often be mistaken for photographs.
She captures the beauty of places like Hawaii, the Maldives, Greenland, and Antarctica.
Her series of pastel drawings, Antarctica, in particular, captures landscapes in flux. “As temperatures rise, glaciers melt more rapidly than they grow. Many of us are intellectually aware that climate change is our greatest global challenge, and yet the problem may feel abstract, the imperiled landscapes remote. The scale and detail of my drawings are meant to make Antarctica’s magnificence and ephemerality visceral to the viewer, emulating the overpowering experience of being beside a glacier,” says Zaria.
A reproduction of her work Whale Bay, Antarctica, No.4, 84×144, 2016, and a time-lapse video depicting the process of making the work, is currently being featured as part of the first exhibition, In Human Time, for the Climate Museum in New York. It is presented in partnership with the Parsons School of Design’s Sheila Johnson Design Center at The Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries on Fifth Avenue and will be exhibited till January 15.
For more information on Zaria Forman, visit zariaforman.com.
For more information on the exhibition and the Climate Museum, visit climatemuseum.org.
Whale Bay is a place on the western side of the Antarctic peninsula where icebergs calved from a nearby glacier are carried by wind and water to their final resting place. The icebergs scrape against the shallow bay becoming “grounded” (they remain there until they have completely melted). As the bay encloses grounded icebergs, it is also called an “iceberg graveyard.”
— The Climate Museum (@ClimateMuseum) December 21, 2017