We are artists representing disappearing landscapes and sharing the stories of the people most affected by climate change.
What We're Doing
American artists Zaria Forman, Drew Denny and Lisa Lebofsky have traveled to Greenland and the Maldives together to document Earth’s shifting landscape and the effects of progressive climate change. Their story invites viewers to share the urgency of the Greenlandic and Maldivian predicaments through the mediums of fine art and storytelling: Forman makes large-scale pastel drawings; Lebofsky paints landscapes on aluminum panels en plein air and in the studio; and Denny is directing a feature-length documentary film. By connecting these disparate landscapes, the Ice to Islands project creates a platform for a dynamic dialogue around polar ice melt, rising sea levels, and the cultural and socio-political implications of these phenomena.
Chasing the Light Greenland, 2012
In August 2012, Forman led an expedition in Greenland titled “Chasing the Light” and invited Lebofsky and Denny to participate in the historic endeavor. They re-traced the route of the… Read More »
Maldives, 2013 and 2014/15
In order to continue the story of polar melt, which is a large contributing factor to the rising seas, Forman, Denny, and Lebofsky followed the meltwater from the Arctic to… Read More »
Environmental Impact: A Traveling Museum Exhibition
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
January 31 — April 26, 2015
Addressing intensely controversial issues of environmental abuse and neglect, including land development, drought and water rights, Global Warming, and the dangers of nuclear energy, Environmental Impact includes over 75 powerful works by painters, photographers and sculptors. Curator: David Wagner, PhD.
Ice to Islands
Real Art Ways, Hartford CT
Organized by Zaria Forman, Drew Denny and Lisa Lebofsky
A group exhibition of artists’ work pertaining to the subject of climate change, specifically ice melt and sea level rise. A wide range of media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, film, multimedia installation and performance will be included in the exhibition in order to encompass the many aspects of climate change and to encourage critical thinking on the subject.
Timeless Rhythms: Sensing Change
Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown MD
April 4 — May 4, 2014
Artists are often the first to note disruption in nature’s rhythms, be it environmental or social impacts. All the artists selected for timeless rhythms: sensing change have an underlying connection to these concerns and challenge us to see our environment’s vitality and vulnerability with fresh eyes.
Environmental Impact: Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
August 1 — September 30, 2014
Addressing intensely controversial issues of environmental abuse and neglect, including land development, drought and water rights, Global Warming, and the dangers of nuclear energy.
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, CT
The artists participated in a residency and exhibition at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in conjunction with an exhibit on William Bradford, entitled Arctic Visions: “Away then Floats the Ice-Island.”
Students in the Maldives
During their month in the Maldives, Lisa, Drew and Zaria shared the concept of their project with children at the Iskandar School in Malé (the nation’s capital), inviting them to… Read More »
Garfield Center for the Arts
Timeless Rhythms: Sensing Change, Artist Dialogue and Forum Lisa, Zaria and Drew participated in a panel discussion about the role of artists in the environmental movement. The conversation featured a… Read More »
SeaLegacy is the brainchild of photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier who have worked as photojournalists for over 15 years. Paul Nicklen is a National Geographic photographer who uses his camera to reveal the nature of the changing polar regions due to the effects of a warming planet. Cristina Mittermeier is a Mexican-born photographer and conservationist focusing on the intersection between humans and nature and aims to explain the complex issues surrounding conservation and human needs.
Avannaa aims to provide life-changing opportunities to indigenous communities in isolated polar, subarctic, alpine and desert areas. It does this through explorational, educational and cultural projects focused on preserving and reviving the traditions, values, and spirit of the communities.
Who We Are
Drew is a multi-media artist, filmmaker and musician. She has worked with the Movement of Landless Workers in Brazil, a cooperative of displaced miners in Bolivia, feminist activists who organize sex workers and sweatshop laborers in Southeast Asia and Central America. Her first feature film won Best Narrative Feature, Best First Feature and Best Cinematography as it travelled the international film festival circuit. Drew is now collaborating with Greenlandic Inuit and Maldivian activists to tell the stories of folks who have to leave their homes due to the negative effects of climate change. Drew holds a BFA in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of the Arts.
Lisa is a painter residing in Bronx, New York. She holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Her artwork presents viewers with awareness and sympathy for the plight of landscapes facing extinction as a result of human impact. Among her awards and residencies are the Prince of Wales travel grant to Château de Balleroy, France, the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Grant from the Bronx Council of the Arts, and artist in residence at Terra Nova National Park (Newfoundland, Canada), Platte Clove (Catskill Mts, NY), New Bedford Whaling Museum (Massachusetts), and Saltonstall Foundation (Ithaca, NY).
Zaria creates large-scale pastel drawings that document Earth’s shifting landscapes due to the effects of climate change. These drawings have served as set designs for the classic ballet Giselle as well as made appearances on the Netflix original TV series House of Cards. In August 2012 Zaria led Chasing the Light, an expedition in Greenland that retraced the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford. Following a residency at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Zaria visited the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world and arguably the most vulnerable to rising seas. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Zaria holds a BS in Studio Arts from Skidmore College and has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States and overseas.