My recent drawings consist of two quite different bodies of work. The first is a series of 10 drawings that were used as the set design for Giselle, a classic ballet, that premiered at the Grand Theater of Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2012. The Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and I collaborated to choose each image and its details. Photographs of the drawings were then enlarged and printed to fit the stage.
In August, 2012, I led an Arctic art expedition called "Chasing the Light" aboard the Wanderbird up the NW coast of Greenland. It was the second expedition to this area whose mission was to create art inspired by the dramatic geography. The first was in 1869, led by the American painter William Bradford.
My mother, Rena Bass Forman, had conceived the idea for the voyage, but sadly did not live to see it through. During the months of her illness her dedication to the expedition never wavered and I made a promise to carry out her final journey to honor her.
My latest work documents climate change through art. I hope the drawings can bring awareness to viewers, and even inspire action. The work also adresses the concept of saying goodbye on both a personal and global level, to a mother and a changing landscape.