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Afterglow (Our Changing Seas VI)

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2018

Glazed stoneware and porcelain

Unique Work

Dimensions: 228.6cm (H) x 259.1cm (W) x 50.8cm (D) / 90" (H) x 102" (W) x 20" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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Afterglow is the sixth work in my Our Changing Seas series exploring the rapid transition of coral reefs from healthy, colorful, and diverse to sickened and bleached. The slightly brighter colors in this work illustrate the phenomenon of fluorescence, in which corals sometimes create fluorescent proteins in an effort to protect themselves from excessive heat and sunlight when they hover on the verge of bleaching.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1985

Hometown: San Francisco

Based in: Los Angeles

Courtney Mattison hand-crafts intricate and large-scale ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face. Her work has been commissioned internationally for permanent collections including those of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance ship. Her exhibition history includes solo shows at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters. In 2020, the U.N. Postal Administration published Mattison’s work on a stamp to commemorate Earth Day. Born in 1985 and raised in San Francisco, Mattison received a BA in marine ecology and ceramic sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and an MA in environmental studies from Brown University with thesis credits at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her work has been featured by Smithsonian Magazine, Good Morning America, Oprah Magazine and the BBC. She lives and works in Los Angeles.


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