Brooklyn artist Zaria Forman brings astonishing hyperrealism to this collection of stunning landscape drawings. Each one is rendered in pastel, a feat unto its own given the tempermental nature of the medium. Pastels require a high degree of discipline because it’s far too easy to smudge or oversaturate the surface, and blending tones is a delicate balancing act which only becomes more tenuous the bigger your canvas is.
Zaria proves more than capable in this regard, putting a photo finish on brooding arctic landscapes or tempestuous tropical seas. Her clear fixation on water as a primordial element is very apparent, and a common talking point when she is interviewed:
“I think most human beings are drawn towards water in one way or another. It makes up more than 75% of our bodies, and covers most of the Earth’s surface. We need water to survive, but we also gravitate toward its beauty — the respite, shimmer, and movement it adds to a landscape.”
“Water provides me with an endless amount of inspiration as it constantly changes, taking on new forms from one moment to next. There will always be more for me to learn about the methods with which water can be conveyed in pastel, and I enjoy that never-ending challenge.”All images courtesy of Zaria Forman