The Ice Queen of Brooklyn
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because our planet’s ice is melting fast.
By Charlotte Buchen
Penguins blanketed the landscape for as far as the eye could see. But one member of the expedition to Antarctica had her camera pointed in the opposite direction, where mammoth white and blue shapes stood on the horizon. “I was there for the ice,” explains artist Zaria Forman.
Forman has a thing for ice, and a talent for re-creating it — hyperrealistically — on paper. Her work must be seen to be believed. (While editing our video, I was often confused: Was I looking at a photo of the ice? Or one of Forman’s drawings?)
Forman’s methodical and driven approach may seem cold for an even colder subject, but her work is deeply emotional. It’s about the tragedy of landscapes that are being lost to global warming — Arctic ice is melting at ever faster rates, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. It’s also about creating a psychological landscape, one where Forman can reconnect with her mother, whom she lost to a brain tumor in 2010.
Forman is working on her next solo show, which is set to open in Seattle next year. But if you can’t wait until then, you’ll be able to catch one of her drawings at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week. Her contribution, Greenland No. 60, will be part of Truth to Power, a show that aims to shape the political conversation around the DNC by touching on health care, police violence and climate injustice — a topic close to Forman’s heart.
Antarctica images & footage courtesy Zaria Forman and Weston Serame.
Timelapse footage courtesy Stone Dow.
- Charlotte Buchen, Charlotte Buchen is a filmmaker who recently returned from living in Qatar to join OZY's video department. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Current TV, Newsweek.com and PBS FRONTLINE/World. She loves the ocean, a good story and live music. Follow Charlotte Buchen on TwitterContact Charlotte Buchen