Artwork often captivates us because it takes us to places we cannot see or imagine ourselves.
It can inspire, provoke strong emotions and can resonate throughout our thoughts, just by seeing an image that we connect with in some way.
Zaria Forman is an artist that produces visually captivating pieces, and once knowing the story behind her works they become even more riveting. Her water imagery is lovingly and ardently fueled by her mother’s memory and impressive career, which also generated beautiful works revolving around remote regions and aquatic landscapes.
Working with pastels, each meticulous detail is placed on paper.
Her childhood was full of world travel and often involved trekking to isolated areas with her family for her mother’s photography work. A talented family indeed, as both of their styles poignantly capture the lure and mystery of the water.
Forman’s water series is more than mesmeric, as it also carries a larger message. It is produced with the awareness of how changes in rising sea levels can have drastic effects on landscapes and communities.
One expedition she led in honor of her mother called Chasing the Light was a traveling review of the work of William Bradford, an American painter who journeyed through Greenland in 1869. His voyage went up the region’s northwest coast in order to record the visible environmental changes that were occurring in the Arctic.
Currently in her work she is addressing climate change and the Maldives, a country at risk of damaging high water levels. Composed of a chain of islands located in the Indian Ocean, it is the world’s lowest lying country and directly threatened by global warming.
From the artist:
My hope is that my drawings will raise awareness and invite viewers to share the urgency of the Maldivians’ predicament in a productive and hopeful way. I believe art can facilitate a deeper understanding of crises, helping us find meaning and optimism amidst shifting landscapes.
They are incredibly beautiful to look at, but the background behind the work makes them even more absorbing.
All images are the property of Zaria Forman.
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