Zaria Forman creates incredibly realistic pastel drawings of shifting glaciers inspired by this natural phenomenon. Glaciers are a powerful sign of global climate health and a major source of inspiration for this Brooklyn-based artist. She often travels around the world and sometimes joins scientific expeditions to Antarctica to see the glaciers in person.
After visiting and photographing the glaciers, Forman uses the photos and her memory to translate them onto paper. “Occasionally I will re-shape the ice a little, or simplify a busy background to create a balanced composition, but 90% of the time I am depicting the exact scene that I witnessed, because I want to stay true to the landscape that existed at that point in time,” she told This is Colossal.
She first became interested in glaciers and other remote landscapes as a child, when she and her family traveled the world. With a mother who’s a fine art photographer, it wasn’t difficult for Forman to connect the dots and start creating her own art.
Check out her work below.