Our Changing Seas III is the third piece in a series of large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison. The sprawling installation is entirely hand-built and is meant to show the devastating transition coral reefs endure when faced with climate change, a process called bleaching. She shares via email:
At its heart, this piece celebrates my favorite aesthetic aspects of a healthy coral reef surrounded by the sterile white skeletons of bleached corals swirling like the rotating winds of a cyclone. There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose. 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 recover and even thrive.
Our Changing Seas III is currently on view at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College through June 15, 2014.
Shigeru Mizuki(水木 しげるMizuki Shigeru?, real name: Murai Shigeru, born March 8, 1922) is a Japanesemanga cartoonist, most known for his Japanese horror manga GeGeGe no Kitaro(which was originally titled “Hakaba Kitaro”), Kappa no Sanpei and Akuma-kun. Originally from Sakaiminato in Tottori prefecture, he resides in Tokyo. His pen-name, Mizuki, comes from the time when he managed an inn called ‘Mizuki Manor’ while he drew pictures for picture story shows, a Japanese form of storytelling. A specialist in stories of yōkai (a sub-genre in Japanese horror), he is considered a master of the genre. He is also known for hisWorld War II memoirs and his work as a biographer.