Changing Minds about Climate Change
Two artists are helping to reinvigorate the conversation about climate change by presenting its truths more... artfully.
About Zaria Forman
The inspiration for Forman's drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography.
Zaria's drawings convey the urgency of climate change by connecting people to the beauty of remote landscapes. Her most recent achievements include participation in Banksy’s Dismaland (Aug-Sep 2015), a solo exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York City (Sep 2017), and a four week art residency in Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Explorer (Nov-Dec 2015). Zaria delivered a TEDTalk that aired on PBS, and is featured on TED.com. In October 2016, she flew over Antarctica with NASA's Operation IceBridge; the largest airborne survey of Earth's Polar ice. Zaria has spoken at Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, where her drawings were exhibited for the 2017 academic year. In April 2017, she flew with NASA's Operation IceBridge once again, this time over Greenland and parts of Arctic Canada. Her next solo show is based on photographs taken during these NASA trips and will be at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY, opening in October 2018.
Zaria Forman’s works have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. Zaria was featured on Good Day New York and Fox News and was interviewed by Lucy Yang on ABC7 Eyewitness News. Her drawings have been used in the set design for the Netflix TV series House of Cards.
Born in South Natick, Massachusetts, Zaria currently works and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and received a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College.
(from artist's website)
About Nick Pedersen
Nick Pedersen is a photographer and digital artist originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. He holds a BFA degree in Photography, as well as an MFA degree in Digital Arts from Pratt Institute in New York, where he graduated with distinction. He has shown artwork in galleries across the country and internationally, recently including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Main Line Art Center, Paradigm Gallery, and Arch Enemy Arts. He has published two artist books featuring his long-term personal projects Sumeru and Ultima. Many of his images have been recognized with awards from the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and the Photoshop Guru Awards. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as After Capture, Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and Empty Kingdom. In the past few years he has also completed Artist Residencies at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and the Gullkistan Residency in Iceland.
“My artwork is primarily inspired by my experience with nature and environmentalism. It is specifically motivated by my concern for the future due to the effects of climate change, sea level rise, deforestation and many other environmental impacts humans have had on the planet. My goal with these projects is to visually depict this modern conflict between the natural world and the manmade world in interesting and provocative ways, to create elaborate, photorealistic images that show a striking contrast between utopian and dystopian visions of the world. I portray this as an epic struggle and in my work these forces clash in theatrical, post-apocalyptic battlegrounds.”
(from artist's website)