A profile of artist Zaria Forman, who creates large-scale chalk pastel drawings that capture melting ice and rising seas.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO NYC ARTS.

I'M PAULA SWAN AT THE TISCHWNEST STUDIOS.

TONIGHT WE MEET AN ARTIST WHO HAS LITERALLY JOURNEYED TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, INSPIRED BY VISITS TO THE COAST OF GREENLAND, THE MALDIVES AND ANTARCTICA, ZARIA FOREMAN CREATES LARGE SCALE CHALK PASTEL DRAWINGS THAT CAPTURE MELTING ICE AND RISING SEAS.

IN 2016 NASA INVITED FOREMAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ICE BRIDGE EXPEDITION WHICH DOCUMENTED THE CHANGING ICE SKAP OF THE ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC.

THE PHOTO SHE SHOT ABOVE THE GLACIERS ARE INSPIRATION FOR THE LATEST SERIES OF DRAWINGS.

NYC ARTS SPOKE WITH THE ARTIST AT HER BROOKLYN STUDIO.

I GREW UP WITH AN ARTIST MOM AND SHE WAS IN LOVE WITH THE MOST FAR OFF REMOTE LANDSCAPES SHE COULD FIND AND VENTURE TO.

EVERY YEAR AS A CHILD WE WOULD TRAVEL TO REMOTE PLACES FOR A MONTH AT A TIME.

THAT INSTILLED IN KNEE A LOVE OF LANDSCAPE.

WE PLANNED A TRIP TO GREENLAND IN SOW TOGETHER.

BUT MY MOM WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER AND PASSED AWAY BEFORE WE COULD TAKE THE TRIP.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE END OF MY TRAVELING DAYS.

I DIDN'T THINK I HAD IT IN ME TO PLAN THE EXPEDITIONS SHE DID.

I DECIDED TO DO IT IN HER HONOR AS I WAS SPREADING HER ASHES ON THE TRIP IN SEVERAL PLACES.

THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I DREW ICE.

I HADN'T DRAWN IT BEFORE THAT TRIP.

GREENLAND IS EPIC.

THE SUN IS AT A LOWER ANGLE, AND SO THE ICEBERGS ARE LIT UP IN THE MOST DRAMATIC WAY.

AND THE FOG HOVERS OVER THE HORIZONS.

ESPECIALLY MY ICEBERG DRAWINGS, I SEE THEM AS PORTRAITS.

BY THE TIME I'M FINISHWOOD THE DRAWING OF AN ICEBERG IT'S COMPLETELY MELTED OR LOOKS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

UNDERTAKING THAT TRIP I THINK IS WHAT GAVE ME CONFIDENCE TO CONTINUE.

STANDING NEXT TO A GLACIER, YOU FEEL SO TINY AND COMING BACK FROM THESE PLACES AND WANTING TO REPRESENT THEM AS BEST AS I CAN AND TRYING TO GIVE THE VIEWER THAT EXPERIENCE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO STAND NEXT TO A GLACIER OR AN ICE WE AGREE, THE ONLY WAY I FEEL LIKE I COULD COME AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO THAT IS BY DRAWING AS BIG AS I POSSIBLY CAN.

SO WHEN I TRAVEL, I TAKE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON-SITE AND TRY TO SOAK UP THE LANDSCAPE VISUALLY NOT ALWAYS HAVING THE CAMERA IN FIBRIN OF MY FACE.

AND I GET BACK TO THE STUDIO AND WORK FROM MY MEMORY OF THE EXPERIENCE AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO MAKE THE LARGE SCALE COMPOSITIONS.

AS I'M DRAWING I'M RECALLING THE EXPERIENCE I HAD IN THAT MOMENT, YOU KNOW, ON THE CUSTODY YACK LOOKING AT THE ICEBERG AND REMEMBERING WHAT THE LIGHT LOOKED LIKE AND HOW THAT EXPERIENCE FELT.

I TRUE TO PUT THAT IN THE POSITION WITH AS MUCH OF MY MEMORY AS I CAN.

I WANT IT TO LOOK AS REALISTIC AS POSSIBLE.

UP CLOSE IT BECOMES VERY ABSTRACT.

AND LOOKING AT LINE AND FORM AND SHAPE AND COLOR.

I HAVE JUST ALWAYS HAD AN OBSESSION WITH CHARCOAL AND SOFT PASTEL, SOMETHING ABOUT THE MATERIAL I LOVE, THE SIMPLICITY OF MAKING A MARK ON THE PAPER AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

I CAN MOVE THE PIGMENT AROUND AND CHANGE THE WAY IT LOOKS.

THERE IS NO OTHER FACTOR OTHER THAN JUST ME AND THE MATERIAL.

I JUST GOT AN EMAIL ONE DAY.

IT WAS LIKE THE MOST EXCITING EMAIL I EVER RECEIVED.

IT WAS, YOU KNOW, SOMEONE SAYING, HEY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME FLY WITH US?

LOVE, NASA.

NOT EXACTLY LIKE THAT.

BUT IN SO MANY WORDS THAT'S LIKE -- IT WAS A VERY BRIEF EMAIL.

AND IT WAS LIKE HERE MY NUMBER DO YOU WANT TO COME FLY WITH US OVER ANTARCTICA IN THE SPRING.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A HOAX, LITERALLY UP UNTIL THE DAY I LANDED AND MET THE SCIENCE TEAM AND WE HAD OUR FIRST MEETING AND I WAS LIKE, OKAY, THIS IS NASA.

IT'S EXTREMELY GRUELING WORK.

ESPECIALLY THE ANTARCTICA FLIGHTS.

THEY ARE ON AVERAGE 10 TO 12 HOURS LONG, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

IT'S LIKE FLYING ACROSS THE PLANET DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY.

AND IT'S SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK HAPPENING IN THE WORLD NOW BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT HOW ICE MOVES AND MELTS.

AND I'VE BEEN TRAVELING TO ICY LANDSCAPES FOR A LONG TIME NOW.

AND SO I FELT LIKE I HAD A -- A FAIRLY DEEP UNDERSTANDING JUST VISUALLY OF ICE.

BUT THIS IS LIKE A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME.

AND WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE.

AND SEEING IT FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE REALLY MADE ME REALIZE NOT ONLY THE SCALE OF ICE BUT THE SCALE OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS THAT WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

IT'S SO MUCH ICE.

YOU CAN REALLY SEE HOW, LIKE, IF THAT'S MELTING AT THE RAPID PACE IT'S MELTING OUR GLOBAL SEA LEVELS WILL RISE, AND THERE IS A LOT OF HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES.

THIS IS THE 7 GLACIER IN GREENLAND AND DISPENSES THE MOST AMOUNT OF ICEBERGS INTO THE OCEAN OF ANY OTHER GLACIER IN THE ARCTIC.

WE FLEW OVER IT FOR HOURS AND HOURS.

I TOOK THE PHOTOS FROM THE PLANE.

IT'S AN AERIAL VIEW.

IN BETWEEN THE RIDGES IS PROBABLY ABOUT 150 FEET.

THERE IS A WHOLE BATCH OF NEW COLORS IN THIS PIECE.

SOME THAT ARE REALLY LIKE BRIT AND LUMINOUS.

AND IT'S ALSO JUST PERSONAL FOR ME BUS THE FJORD WHERE THIS DEPENDENCES ICE INTO IS WHERE I SPREAD MY MOM'S ASHES.

I FEEL SHE IS PART OF THAT LANDSCAPE.

I'M TRYING TO PORTRAY THE BEAUTY IN THE PLACES IN THE FOREFRONT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

AND JUST GIVE A MOMENT IN TIME IN PEOPLE'S LIFE TO KPLIET IT.

BECAUSE IT'S NOT PART OF OUR EVERY DAY LIFE.

I WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND I WANT PEOPLE TO BE MOVED BY IT.

AND HAVE AN EMOTIONAL REACTION TO IT AND FALL IN LOVE WITH THE ICE AS I HAVE.

WHEN YOU LOVE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO PROTECT IT.

IT MAKES THEM THINK WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE LANDSCAPES THAT ARE CHANGING SO QUICKLY?

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