As many travelers know, the world’s most remote places can also be the most awe inspiring. Aritst Zaria Forman learned that at an early age, traveling with her family through some of these far reaching landscapes as her mother captured them as photographic fine art. Today, Zaria continues that path with large scale pastel drawings on sheets of paper. The results are incredibly lifelike, while reflecting the surreal environment they represent.
Zaria’s recent work includes stunning drawings of the cold, northern climate of Greenland. To create the series she led an Arctic art expedition called Chasing the Light aboard the ship Wanderbird. This was the second artistically themed expedition to the area, retracing the path of American painter William Bradford in 1869.
The recent voyage was conceived by Rena Bass Forman, Zaria’s mother – and while the initial concept was to artistically documenting the rapidly changing landscape, the project took on a deeper and more personal note as Rena’s health began to decline due to illness. Sadly, Rena would not live to see the voyage.
“During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey. In Greenland, I scattered her ashes amongst crackling ice diamonds, on the towering peak of one of earth’s oldest stones and under the green glow of northern lights. She is now a part of the landscape she loved so much. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out her wishes and realize her dream.”
A percentage of all sales from these drawings goes to 350.org, an organization dedicated to solving the climate crisis.