Her mother was a fine art photographer and she spent much of her childhood traveling through remote areas which inspires lots of her work today. She developed an appreciation for the vastness of the ever-changing skies and seas. Forman's work is about capturing turbulence, transition and tranquility. She says drawing is a meditative process and her drawings are a reminder of how small we are when confronted with the forces of nature. She is really inspired by water, not only because it is so essential to our life and lifestyle, but can also be a metaphor for life-constantly moving and fearsome. Capturing movement is essential in her work. She was also very inspired by arctic light and how water there shifts states constantly.
When she travels, she takes thousands of photographs and makes small sketches, then reconstructs places from those, memory, and the experience. The photos allow her to compose the pictures well and then she adds layers of color and smudges with her hands.
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Check out more of her work at http://www.zariaforman.com/