Courtney Mattison


Saturday, January 26, 2019 through
Saturday, February 23, 2019


Saturday, January 26, 2019 through
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Courtney Mattison

Mattison received her MA in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a BA in Marine Biology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College. She recently completed a permanent installation at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta Indonesia and has exhibited at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA; American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA; Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, CA; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Art.Science.Gallery in Austin, TX;  and the Herbert C. Hoover Building lobby at the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mattison has permanent installations at the Nova Southeastern University of Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, FL; The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.


Courtney Mattison’s passion for discovering what lives in the ocean and her fascination with the diverse, colorful, and the sometimes venomous world has led her to the coral reefs. As an artist and activist Mattison is using the power of art to evoke an emotional response to advocate for the oceans. Mattison creates dazzling and incredibly detailed ceramic coral reef installations that start of with vibrant colors and spirals out to solid white. The haunting beauty of the white corals is a reference to the bleaching of the coral reefs, the white ceramic being a representation of the skeletal remnants left behind by warming oceans.

Mattison hand builds intricate ceramic works after corals that she assembles into large complex coral reef installations. She uses other simple tools, such as chopsticks, to create repetitive shapes and textures that copy the continuous growth of the corals. The delicate nature of ceramics parallels the fragile ecosystem of the reefs. Similarly, the chemical structure of her medium references that of coral which uses the calcium carbonate, a common ingredient in ceramic glazes, found in seawater to form its skeleton.


During her residency, Mattison will continue her Our Changing Seas series.


Exhibition underwritten in part by: