Coral Sea II
       
     
Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V
       
     
Coral Triangle II
       
     
Chagos Archipelago II
       
     
Outer Seychelles II
       
     
Bahamian Reefs II
       
     
Micronesian Islands II
       
     
Sargasso Sea II
       
     
Coral Sea II
       
     
Coral Sea II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 16.5 x 11.5 inches

Artist statement:

As her 2009 TED Prize wish, Dr. Sylvia Earle – National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet” – stated, “I wish you would use all means at your disposal… to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet."

I have admired Dr. Earle’s work since my first high school marine biology class. As an artist with a background in marine conservation biology, I believe that art has the unique ability to translate scientific concepts, bring environmental issues to the surface and inspire conservation. 

Hope Spots is a series of sculptural vignettes – each an idealized representation of one of the most vital marine ecosystems on Earth as identified by Dr. Earle.

Learn more about Hope Spots at MissionBlue.org.

Photos by Courtney Mattison

Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V
       
     
Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 17 x 7 inches

Coral Triangle II
       
     
Coral Triangle II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

19 x 17 x 9 inches

Chagos Archipelago II
       
     
Chagos Archipelago II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 16 x 9 inches

Outer Seychelles II
       
     
Outer Seychelles II

2015

glazed stoneware

17 x 16 x 9 inches

Bahamian Reefs II
       
     
Bahamian Reefs II

2015

glazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 10 inches

Micronesian Islands II
       
     
Micronesian Islands II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 17.5 x 12.5 inches

Sargasso Sea II
       
     
Sargasso Sea II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

18 x 18 x 6 inches