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 first art expedition along Greenland’s NW Coast, led in 1869 by American painter William Bradford, whose mission was to create art inspired by the area’s dramatic geography.

Zaria Forman’s mother, fine art photographer Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered, and Zaria promised to carry out her mother’s final journey. As Zaria scattered Rena’s ashes amidst the melting Arctic ice, Lebofsky painted sites much-changed since Bradford’s renderings, and Denny filmed interviews asking, “How do we say goodbye?” – on both personal and global scales.

Greenland’s ice and permafrost will continue to melt as the planet adjusts to our carbon emissions. It is inevitable, and therefore crucial to render and honor these icescapes in flux, and help bring awareness to the many whose lives will be affected.

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