Captivating Ice Caps

Here’s something that might make you think twice about how stunning the cold can be. These are not photos! They are photo-realistic pastel paintings by Zaria Forman, who has painted beautiful depictions of Greenland’s icebergs in homage to her late mother. As she states:

These drawings were inspired by this trip [Chasing the Light Documentary in Greenland]. 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.

They are captivating!

Zaria’s work has been used as set design backdrops at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland in October 2012 and her drawings were used as artwork for the drama series, House of Cards.

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From the artist’s bio:

The inspiration for my drawings began in early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography. After my formal training at Skidmore college I now exhibit extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.

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You can view them all via 123 Inspiration and by going to the artist’s website. Also, Ohhdeer has a great interview with the artist. They ask several questions about her creative process, which is always is the most intriguing to me — what’s the inspiration and how is it achieved?

…I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far-off storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland’s waters. In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer. In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature. The act of drawing can be a meditation for me, and my hope is that the viewer can share this experience of tranquil escape when engaging the work. Aside from the natural world, my mother, landscape photographer Rena Bass Forman was certainly one of the biggest influences in my life, and continues to be even after passing away in 2011. William Bradford, Robert Longo, and Clifford Ross are a few of the many other artists who inspire me….For the Giselle series I used charcoal pencils, stumps, various erasers, and a straight edge. For the landscape drawings, I only use my hands.

She also paints beautiful water imagery, capturing the incredible light and reflection within the water so superbly. These are just a few from her Maldives series.

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And she turns foreboding storms into inspirational artwork.

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If you’d like to see her artwork in person, she has ongoing Gallery showings in New York as well as upcoming exhibitions planned.

A City Sans Its Beloved Murals?

Well, it’s very sad news that the city of Detroit is bankrupt. It’s symbolic for our downtrodden economy. And yet, a city must do what it has to do to get back on its feet. Detroit is holding a huge auction and thankfully not on the auction block is its famous Diego Rivera Murals depicting Detroit’s Industry as seen here in the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Diego Rivera Murals at Institute of Arts in Detroit_via Huffington Post on Art Is EverywhereThe murals were originally commissioned by Edsel B. Ford, head of the Ford Motor Company in 1932 for $20,800 and then donated to the city of Detroit. They cover 4,032 square feet walls of the city’s museum and are have become a part of Detroit’s culture with visitor coming from miles to see them.

Christie’s Auction House has appraised the Detroit Museums Art Collection while not including the Diego Murals from $452 million and $866 million. Although many of the works of art will not be necessarily sold, they can be leveraged against the city’s $18 billion debt.

The museum is opposing the sale and had this to say:
“Detroit needs the art now more than ever to comfort its citizens…The museum collection is a cultural resource, not a municipal asset.
What will happen remains to be seen…but it’s very sad to see a city’s art collection used as collateral.
Read more here on the Huffington Post.
Here’s a follow up story that came to my attention just this week how private benefactors may be coming to the city’s aid in pledging money to save the collection>