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Courtney Mattison

Courtney Mattison

"I love coral reefs for being exotic, diverse and often venomous." 
— Courtney Mattison

Courtney Mattison is an artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. Our Changing Seas III is the third in Courtney's series of large-scale ceramic coral reef installations. Arthur Evans documented her important work beautifully. You won't be able to look away. So let's dive in. Let's swim around. Let's stay a while. 

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Courtney uses the sharp end of a chopstick or paint brush to dimple the surface of each ceramic coal by hand (imagine poking thousands and thousands of holes).  

The delicacy of the porcelain mirrors the delicate corals.

"Corals are so sensitive that the slightest change to the temperature or chemistry of the seawater that surrounds them can cause total devastation through coral bleaching, death and reef erosion."
— Courtney Mattison

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"Without our help to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and over-fishing, scientists agree that reefs may cease to function as ecological cradles for marine life by the end of this century. Are coral reefs doomed to fade into oblivion or will we allow them to recover and regain their vibrancy?" — Courtney Mattison

Courtney reminds us there is still time for corals to recover and thrive. 

"Perhaps if my work can influence viewers to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them." 
— Courtney Mattison


Let's keep swimming in Courtney's work...

Changing Seas II

Coral Triangle II

Outer Seychelles  // Chagos Archipelago


Continue to keep up with Courtney and her corals on Instagram. 

@courtneycoral

Harriet Lee Merrion

Harriet Lee Merrion

Sophia Foster-Dimino

Sophia Foster-Dimino

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