Changing Minds about Climate Change: SACI Alumna, Zaria Forman, Featured in PBS Articulate Series

WATCH: Changing Minds about Climate Change

Artist Zaria Forman, SACI Spring 2004 Alumna, was recently featured in “Changing Minds about Climate Change,” an Articulate episode on PBS. Her work, large pastel drawings of glaciers and icebergs in Antarctica, explores some of the world’s most vulnerable and rapidly changing environments; the images are her way of freezing and stretching these breathtaking structures before they disappear. The icecaps can change significantly in as little as one week, so Zaria’s practice is truly an urgent one. She is one of many artists confronting the topic of our changing environment, using art to reflect upon this often-polarizing conversation.

In her interview, Zaria explains the difficulty we face in inciting action in the face of such a longterm threat, and the role of art in this journey.

“Psychology tells us that we, as human beings, take action and make decisions based on our emotions more than anything else, and I think what art can do is reach our emotions.”

A representative from Articulate, an Emmy® award-winning arts and culture show, reached out to us regarding Zaria’s role in the video. She is one of two artists featured.

In “Changing Minds About Climate Change,” we explore the ways in which Zaria’s art documents Earth’s fleeting beauty by creating large-scale pastel drawings of the glaciers and icebergs of Antarctica. During her interview, Zaria discusses the role that admiration of the earth’s beauty plays in her work.

Watch the video to see Zara’s work and listen to her full interview.


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About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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