Artist Leads Arctic Expedition To Honor Her Mother’s Dying Wish

To say that art and a love for the beauty of the world is in artist Zaria Forman’s blood would be an understatement. From an early age, she was taught by her mother Rena, herself a fine art photographer, to appreciate all the wonder the world had to offer. The family frequently traveled to far away landscapes in her pursuit of the perfect picture, and it was there that Zaria’s passion for the work was instilled in her.

One remote journey that Rena always hoped to experience was a recreation of the 1869 expedition led by American painter William Bradford. Traveling to Greenland, he sought to find landscapes that would serve as inspiration for his work that people of the time had never dreamt of. Sadly, Rena would pass away before being able to make the modern day trip, but not before being promised by Zaria that she would make the trip in her place. And with that, an August 2012 expedition up the northwest coast of Greenland was launched. The trip would provide great inspiration, and while on it she would spread her mother’s ashes and develop a deep desire to bring attention to the danger of climate change on the region.

In the series that follows entitled Greenland 2012, are just a few of the beautiful images Zaria was inspired to create. The images are meant to bring attention to the losses she has experienced on both a global and personal level. Many are for sale on her site, with a portion of the proceeds going to 350.org. It’s wonderful to see an artist who is so clearly passionate about the land she portrays.

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From an early age, Zaria Forman was taught by her mother to have a great appreciation for the world

Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

Her mother was a very talented fine art photographer

Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

And always hoped to retrace painter William Bradford’s 1869 Greenland expedition

Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

Sadly, she would pass on before she could do so

Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

But Zaria promised to make the trip in her place

Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

In August 2012, she made the expedition to Greenland and spread her mother’s ashesZaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

And also developed a deep desire to bring attention to climate change thereZaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

Her series “Greenland 2012” comments on both the personal and global losses she has experiencedZaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"

And portions of the proceeds of her work go to 350.org to fight climate changeZaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012" Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012" Zaria Forman's series on climate change entitled "Greenland 2012"She is truly passionate about her love for the beauty of the world.

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