Transition, turbulence, and tranquility
Recommended by Benjamin Grant
When you first walk into Zaria Forman’s studio in Brooklyn, chances are your eyes will immediately be drawn to a massive wall of blue. Fortresses and walls of ice rise above you as if walking into her space teleports you onto the deck of an expedition ship in Greenland. If you weren’t familiar with her work before, you’d revel in her photographic eye and wonder what camera she uses. It’s only when you get closer to the walls, notice the bits of soft pastel scattered around on the floor, or spot the blue coloration of her fingers that you fully grasp the incredible talent and visionary that she is.
In her TED Talk, Zaria explains how she creates her incredible pastel landscapes, and why her work is more important now than ever before. She brings to life the places at the forefront of climate change, offering us a connection to sublime landscapes of “transition, turbulence, and tranquility.”
The scale of Zaria’s work is frighteningly fitting to convey the scale of the challenge we face as a species. The power of transporting people from their usual line of sight to give them a new perspective of what’s going on is something I’m working on, too. There are few if any artists who do this better than Zaria Forman. Her work and her words fill me with feelings of overwhelming awe, beauty and hope that together we can create a more sustainable future for our planet.