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Courtney Mattison

Semesta Terumbu Karang—Coral Universe

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Created by over 300 volunteers and Indonesian artisans. Designed by Courtney Mattison
glazed ceramic
240 x 1860 x 40 cm

Permanent installation at the Coral Triangle Center for Marine Conservation in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

This monumental community-based ceramic art installation is dedicated to the Coral Triangle region—the most biodiverse marine environment in the world. Coral reefs are home to one-quarter of all marine life, provide direct value to people and food security to millions, and contribute to marine-based tourism that supports thousands of jobs. Human-caused threats including climate change, overfishing and pollution imperil reef ecosystems. Warming sea temperatures from climate change cause corals to become sick and “bleach,” losing the colorful symbiotic algae that keep them alive.

Semesta Terumbu Karang—Coral Universe was commissioned by the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) to inspire people to appreciate the beauty, value and fragility of coral reefs and act to support coral reef conservation. Mattison’s design highlights the connectivity and important roles played by all six Coral Triangle countries in preserving reefs in this vital region—the “bullseye” of marine biodiversity. This work was made in collaboration with Indonesian artists Ricko Gabriel, Alfiah Rahdini, Sasanti Puri Ardini, Anak Agung Ivan WB together with more than 300 volunteers in partnership with Jenggala Keramik and Balai Teknologi Industri Kreatif Keramik.

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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.