Zaria Forman’s unorthodox and interesting childhood is the result of her prominent artistic subject: natural dreamscapes. Her mother, Rena Bass Forman, a landscape photographer, often traveled to the Earth’s most obscure and beautiful places to work. After she completed her formal training at Skidmore College, Forman began to showcase her work in galleries and venues across the United States and overseas.
In August 2012, she led an Arctic expedition to the Northwest coast of Greenland. Her mother originally planned the voyage, but passed away before it became a reality. Although she was unable to attend the second voyage, her dedication and passion for the project never faltered. On her official website, Forman reveals:
“These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice. I am deeply grateful for the team of talented artists and scholars and the Wanderbird captains and crew for helping me carry out my mother’s wishes and realize her dream.”
Ultimately, Forman’s project, entitled “Chasing the Light” draws inspiration from the dramatic and unique geography of the Arctic. Her aim was to document climate change on an artistic and environmentally-conscious level.