Zaria Forman

Can a single painting change the course of climate change? If Zaria Forman has anything to do with it, yes. Stunning on the surface, Forman's landscapes serve a deeper purpose: To force people to start talking about global warming by presenting them with undeniable proof of its existence.
Forman will go to any lengths to get that message out, traveling to Greenland to document the rapidly changing Arctic landscape and the Maldives to evaluate the rising sea levels. She painstakingly reproduces what she sees, making it easy for you to mistake her paintings for photographs. And, she doesn't create those intricate details with fine brushes or pencil work, but her own fingers. If a picture's worth a thousand words, listen up: Forman’s got a lot to say.

Why it’s important to spread this message

"I traveled a lot when I was young and spent a lot of time out in vast, beautiful, remote places. I really feel that climate change is the most important thing that society faces: It’s the story of the century. I’ve always wanted my work to have an impact somehow and offer something that's more than just a pretty picture hanging in someone’s living room. If someone can recognize the message behind my work and make even a small change in their own life to help the climate, that will be all the difference."


How I’m taking risks in my industry

"In the art world today, straight landscapes are not the most popular thing. But, I’m not doing it because not many other people are; I’m doing it because it's what inspires me. For many years, people told me I should move away from [landscape art], because I wasn’t going to get anywhere with it. That’s not the point — that’s not why I’m making art. It’s not to become famous, it’s to make something that inspires me and hopefully inspires other people."


What beauty means to me
"One thing that’s very important to me is making my images as beautiful as I can — I think that’s what we’re drawn to. Art is in our nature — as human beings, we love beauty. I want to represent the places I'm going as honestly as I can because they're gorgeous. I try to surround myself with beautiful things and that does affect how I look. I usually go au naturel when it comes to makeup, but I think playing with my look is really exciting and bold. I feel like a modern day Cleopatra."

Tibi Long Silk Halter Dress; Vintage Shoes
; sass & bide Metal Tassel Belt.
Makeup by Ashleigh Ciucci; hair by Bethany Brill; styled by Laura Pritchard.

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