RISD Ceramics and Courtney Mattison's coral reef
RISD Ceramics hosted Courtney Mattison, a Brown University master’s candidate in environmental studies, as she combined her interests in art and environmental studies in a large-scale ceramic coral reef wall installation, on display this spring at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C. The installation is 10 feet wide and nearly 15 feet high and made of hundreds of individually hand-sculpted ceramic pieces sculpted, glazed, and fired at RISD Ceramics. The installation contrasts a vibrant ecosystem, with anemones and a large variety of coral species with images of diminishing bio-diversity due to ecological degradations that encroach on reefs. Mattison worked under Heather Leslie, the Sharpe Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Brown and Linda Sormin (Department Head and Associate Professor, Ceramics) to realize the project. The installation will be on display from Friday, April 15, through Friday, June 15, 2011, in the lobby of Herbert C. Hoover Building, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street NW at Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C. Click here to read the Brown’s piece on Mattison’s work and see the installation.