Design Gallerist presents the best work in Ceramic Sculptures of Ocean Ecosystems by Courtney Mattison.
This artist creates lifelike, delicately colorful sculptures that show the fragile nature of these marine organisms.
We’ve known that the world’s coral reefs are in danger. But not everyone can go abroad and underwater to fully see and understand what we are losing and that’s why art can be one important avenue to bring this deeper awareness to the public.
Not only are Mattison’s sculptures realistically detailed and faithful to the real thing, she also poetically notes that the medium of ceramics fits perfectly with the very essence of corals.
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The piece asks us to imagine the plight of these undersea creatures as tropical sea temperatures begin to rise, asking where they might migrate to once their homes have been rendered uninhabitable.
Each of the sculptures is a representation of one of these spots as identified by Mattison’s longtime hero and marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Her pieces showcase hundreds of porcelain sea creatures including anemones, sponges, and coral sprouting from a porcelain air duct.
Courtney Mattison studied marine ecology and ceramics at Skidmore College and received a Master of Arts degree in environmental studies from Brown University.
Courtney Mattison studied marine ecology and ceramics at Skidmore College and received a Master of Arts degree in environmental studies from Brown University. Last year she was named one of the top 100 “Ocean Heroes” by Origin Magazine.
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