The Maldives is a gorgeous island nation in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea. It's known for its clear water and natural beauty, so it's easy to understand why artist Zaria Forman focused on the chain of atolls in one of her most recent projects. She spent September of 2013 in the island paradise, inspiring these sets of images. However, these aren't just photos of beautiful ocean scenery. She hoped to raise awareness of a very real predicament the Maldivians are facing: the entire nation could be underwater within this century.
The island nation, due to rising sea levels, could soon be underwater.
Zaria hoped that her images could draw some attention to the problem.
And did we mention these images aren't photos?
They are hyper-realistic drawings, made with pastels.
Zaria has a very special skill.
This is the kind of attention that the nation needs.
Maybe someone can find a way to stop the rising tide.
Source: Zaria Forman via My Modern Met "I hope my drawings will raise awareness and invite viewers to share the urgency of the Maldivians’ predicament in a productive and hopeful way. I believe art can facilitate a deeper understanding of crises, helping us find meaning and optimism amidst shifting landscapes." Zaria's site lists all of her works, and a percentage of each sale will be donated to 350.org. 350.org is a "global climate movement" that wants to keep our world healthy and prevent its downfall. Zaria's work is beautiful... but it's also for a good cause and a totally mind-blowing because of it's photorealism. Please share it.