Zaria Forman makes paintings. Large-scale compositions of melting glaciers and icebergs floating in glassy water. The theme is always climate change.
In this TED talk she talks about her motives, the creative process and the motivation behind her work:
My drawings celebrate the beauty of what we all stand to lose. I hope they can serve as records of sublime landscapes in flux.
She began traveling to remote areas as a young child with her parents. It was the subject of her mother’s fine art photography.
Her mother is also an important part in this Ted Talk:
In August of 2012, I led my first expedition, taking a group of artists and scholars up the northwest coast of Greenland. My mother was originally supposed to lead this trip. She and I were in the early stages of planning, as we had intended to go together, when she fell victim to a brain tumor. The cancer quickly took over her body and mind, and she passed away six months later. During the months of her illness, though, her dedication to the expedition never wavered, and I made a promise to carry out her final journey.
It is a very pleasant TED talk. Zaria Forman makes beautiful work and brings the world under pressure a little closer. Calling the world fragile is debatable. Mankind destroys itself, the world will continue to turn around in some form.