Created and Sold by Courtney Mattison

Courtney Mattison
Sculptures by Courtney Mattison seen at American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington - Our Changing Seas I

Our Changing Seas I

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Our Changing Seas I 2011 by Courtney Mattison
glazed stoneware + porcelain + terra cotta; plywood
455 x 270 x 100 cm

Our Changing Seas I: A coral reef story is a creative outreach project that aims to inspire coral reef stewardship and policy change. It is the culmination of a master’s thesis by Courtney Mattison at Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Our Changing Seas I is currently on loan with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is on display in their Art of Science & Technology Gallery within AAAS Headquarters.

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Courtney Mattison

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Ceramic sculptor uniting art + science to conserve our changing seas

Courtney Mattison creates intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face. Her work raises awareness for the protection of our blue planet, urging policymakers and the public to conserve our changing seas. Mattison’s delicate and large-scale ceramic sculptural installations have been commissioned for permanent collections including those of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies, the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and private patrons. Her work has been exhibited at prominent venues including the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Whatcom Museum and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Born in 1985 and raised in San Francisco, Mattison received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in marine ecology and ceramic sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts degree in environmental studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her work has been featured by international outlets including Smithsonian Magazine; Good Morning America; Oprah Magazine; British Vogue; CNN Indonesia; BBC World Service and Science Magazine. She lives and works in Los Angeles.