Zaria Forman

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b. 1982 Location: Brooklyn, US

Capturing shifting landscapes due to climate change using the medium of soft pastel on paper.

“I find it important with my art to represent the beauty in the landscape because I think that helps people fall in love with it more easily, but my challenge is to try to find that balance between the beauty of the landscape but also representing the negative aspects of what’s happening.”

On her Maldives series:

“Continuing the story of polar melt, which is the main cause of rising seas, I followed the meltwater from the Arctic to the equator. I spent September 2013 in the Maldives, the lowest and flattest country in the world, collecting material and inspiration to create a body of work celebrating and representing a nation that could be entirely underwater within this century.

During our month on the islands, we shared the concept of our project with children on the islands, inviting them to document their homeland as it transforms throughout their lives. The children can use their creativity to continue spreading awareness while inwardly processing the ecological transformations surrounding them.

I hope my drawings will raise awareness and invite viewers to share the urgency of the Maldivians’ predicament in a productive and hopeful way.”

Zaria Forman’s Website

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