STUDIO VISIT: ZARIA FORMAN

Zaria Forman travels to remote regions of the world to documenting endangered landscapes through photography and film, for later use while creating her stunning, large-scale photorealistic pastel drawings.

Zaria Forman Studio 2020

Zaria Forman Studio 2020

Forman’s singular focus in her upcoming Seattle exhibition is the Perito Moreno Glacier, located in Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. The Perito Moreno Glacier is over 19 miles long and nearly 100 square miles in total. It is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, which impressively holds the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

Work in progress

Zaria Forman working in studio

Forman notes that the Perito Moreno is the only glacier in Patagonia’s southern ice fields that is not currently receding.  Having recently explored this stunning landscape of pristine water and ice, Forman recreates dramatic slices and unique perspectives of the glacier within each composition.  Her representations of Perito Moreno are exquisitely rendered, with precisely detailed color and texture.

Soft pastels in custom shades of blue

New drawings in progress

 

Works in progress

Forman has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and ABC 7 Eyewitness News. She delivered a TED talk in 2016, has spoken at Amazon, Google and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has exhibited her work as park of Banksy’s temporary art project Dismaland and has been an artist-in-residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. She has been featured in numerous publications and news sites including the New York Times, BBC News, PBS News Hour, National Geographic, Elle, the Huffington Post, American Art Collector, O Magazine, Colossal, the Wall Street Journal and the Smithsonian Magazine. Forman currently works and resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Zaria Forman in her studio