Zaria Forman has been traveling to the remotest corners of the globe in search of areas most affected by climate change since 2012. Tracking ice shifting, she photographs the landscapes under every possible angle.
« I consider it my life's mission to convey the urgency of climate change through my work. »
Back at her Brooklyn studio, NY, she creates up to 3 meters wide compositions with dry pastels. Her work is voluntarily monumental, to convey the wonder she feels looking at the immensity of icebergs, paying homage to their quiet strength and the unique sound created by their movements. Without any tools, her works are born from the manipulation of the pigment on the paper, with solely her photographs and memories to get inspiration from.
« My drawings explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape, allowing viewers to emotionally connect with a place you might never have the chance to visit. I choose to convey the beauty as opposed to the devastation. If you can experience the sublimity of these landscapes, perhaps you'll be inspired to protect and preserve them. »
In 2016, NASA invites her to join their Operation IceBridge, which maps the geometry of ice at both poles. She flies over Antarctica, photographs Greenland and documents parts of the Canadian Arctic for two years, capturing unique standpoints; untapped by other artists before.
It is from this new corpus of work that "Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland, 69 ° 47 '31.092" N 49 ° 47' 31.7076 "W, April 29th, 2017" is taken from; a piece she decides to offer for auction in November 2018, to benefit of the Global Wildlife Foundation. Father of the iceberg that probably sank the Titanic, its terminal ice reached a speed of 46m per day in the summer of 2012, making Jakobshavn the fastest glacier in the world. This sudden speed being due to the acceleration of melting ice since 1990, this glacier is also sadly notorious for being responsible for up to one-third of the average annual rise in sea level.
To tackle the root of the problem, which actually lies in miles away through global warming, the Global Wildlife Foundation tends to preserve biodiversity and works to conserve the rainforest. Trees absorbing and storing massive amounts of carbon help keep it out of the air. Thus, estimates suggest that one-third of climate emissions could be offset by stopping deforestation and restoring forest lands, especially in the tropics, managing the melting speed of glaciers.
« The Christie's auction offers a direct and tangible way that the art community, both makers and buyers, can contribute positive change. The impact my work has on our planet and global society has, until now, been unmeasurable. I make art hoping to inspire deeper understanding, action and positive change, but quantifying the results is impossible. This project allows me to experience a measurable, visible and tangible way that my work is helping our planet and all the living beings it sustains and that is truly the best gift I could ever ask for. »