Pastels become Water

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These photorealistic pictures aren’t just paintings, they’re traditionally-done pastels rich with detail, shading, and play of light. Young American artist Zaria Forman (32) “paints” these incredible works with her fingers. Through her work, Zaria seeks to call attention to environmental issues: climate change and the melting polar ice caps, among others.

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The finger paintings also seem to capture warmer seas, with this particular image looking more like tropical ocean than arctic ocean
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This picture, depicting flowing seas disrupting calmer ones, was perhaps inspired by the view from a boat voyage, of the sea rather than a larger vista
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Some of Forman's works of art have been inspired by standing on the shores of the ocean, while others were inspired by the arctic voyage
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Sometimes the sea takes a backseat in focus to other parts of the picture, like the photo-realistic clouds, and the wind blowing spray into the air
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In addition to exhibitions, recent projects include a series of drawings that served as the set design for the classic ballet Giselle, which premiered in October 2012 at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland. Ten of the drawings were also used in the set design for House of Cards, a Netflix TV series directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey
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Some of Forman's pictures look so realistic you would be forgiven for thinking that they are simply photographs rather than laborious works of art
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