Greenland 2012: Chasing the Light by Zaria Forman
Artist Zaria Forman creates large-scale, realistic landscapes using only chalk pastels.
"In August 2012, I led an Arctic expedition up the NW coast of Greenland. Called "Chasing the Light," it was the second expedition the mission of which was to create art inspired by this dramatic geography. The first, in 1869, was led by the American painter William Bradford. My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I promised to carry out her final journey.
These drawings were inspired by this trip. Documenting climate change, the work addresses the concept of saying goodbye on scales both global and personal. In Greenland, I scattered my mother’s ashes amidst the melting ice.”
Forman donates a percent of all sales to 350.org, a global climate movement.
Your perception and portrayal of Canada is unique in the way that each photo tells a different story of its own. Tell us one such story.
The black and white photo above, it was taken at Buntzen Lake, British Columbia in Canada. What amazed me about that specific spot and day is that it was raining heavily and it was super gloomy, and yet there were tons of people BBQing, fishing, boating, etc.
This is something that you do see often in any other part of Canada. People in other provinces of Canada hate rain and fog, and highly value sunshine and warmth. That photo perfectly depicts British Columbia’s lifestyle as it is always rainy and cloudy there, and that doesn’t stop the people there from doing what they want to do.