Zaria Forman is an incredibly talented artist able to create what look like pristine photos of icy waters with her hands. She is from New York and studied art at Skidmore college. Her incredible pieces appear in galleries all over the world. Recently her work has been used as backdrops for the production of Giselle at the Grand Theater of Geneva in Switzerland and the Netflix series, House of Cards.
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.
I find her work so incredible. I love that she takes inspiration from all over the planet and uses it. Her work is so meticulously detailed that it first looks like a photograph and then it doesn't even look real. Her drawings are from very real locations but have a serene, other-worldly quality about them. I also love that her work is so environmentally conscious in a subtle beautiful, respectful way. She is trying to capture the beauty of some of theses places that are at the mercy of water and temperature.
Her work supports http://350.org/
Check out more of her work at http://www.zariaforman.com/
I am an art student at Maggie Walker and this is the place where I talk about what we're making and what we're learning... Through this I can pour out my heart about my artistic experience.