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EXHIBIT -TURN THE TIDE: COURTNEY MATTISON
July 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - October 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Mark your calendars for the opening of Courtney Mattison’s installation at Highfield Hall! Brought to Falmouth through the collaborative efforts of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Highfield Hall & Gardens, the rising star of ocean advocacy and sculpture, Courtney Mattison is installing her site-sensitive work for the public, opening July 13th and on view through October 30th, 2021.
Turn the Tide explores the delicate beauty of coral reefs through the eyes of Los Angeles-based artist and ocean advocate, Courtney Mattison. Mattison hand-crafts intricately detailed and large-scale ceramic sculptural works drawing from her background in marine conservation biology and policy. Her glazed stoneware and porcelain wall reliefs and sculptural objects translate concepts from climate science into aesthetically compelling forms, bringing the exuberance and fragility of coral reefs above the surface and into view. Turn the Tide at Highfield Hall and Gardens includes a site-sensitive adaptation of Mattison’s 2019 work, Malum Geminos, which explores the dual threats of climate change and ocean acidification that are causing coral reefs to sicken, bleach and erode into the sea. The artist specially adapted pieces from this wall relief for installation in the Beebe Gallery alongside selections from her Fossil Fuels and Hope Spots series. In addition to highlighting the human-caused threats faced by coral reefs, Turn the Tide celebrates the beauty of these unique marine ecosystems and aims to inspire hope and action.