Pictured Above: Zaria in front of Svalbard #33, 60×90”, soft pastel on paper, 2014 (Photographer: Dustin Cohen)
If the Antarctic had a daughter, it would be Zaria Forman.
This Brooklyn based artist has dedicated her life to documenting natural landscapes affected by climate change. Influenced by the fine art environment photography of her late mother, Zaria’s work reminds us of the fragility, power and vulnerability of our Earth. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Zaria’s studio where I was given a personal and intimate tour of her work. Read my conversation with Ms. Forman where she shares collaborating with her late mother, art as meditation and how the art industry continues to be dominated by men.
Though we live in a generation where women leaders are on a steady rise, there are still challenges that are marked by living in a patriarchal society. Looking at the ratio of men to women representation in the arts for example, highlights quite a jarring disproportion of artist depiction. While 51% of visual artists in present day identify as women, only 28% of museum solo exhibitions actually spotlight them…