by courtney mattison
glazed stoneware + porcelain
210 x 640 x 55 cm
Photographed at the Florence Griswold Museum for the exhibition Fragile Earth curated by Jenny Parsons.
The title Malum Geminos, meaning “evil twins” in Latin, pays homage to a statement by the Honorable Jane Lubchenco, PhD at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen referring to ocean acidification as the “equally evil twin” of climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions dissolving into the sea. The fractal-inspired design of bleached corals branches horizontally in a bookmatched pattern across the gallery wall, with clusters of gelatinous white polyps that appear to have had their supportive skeletons dissolved by acidic seawater. The skeletal nature of the design also references Dr. Lubchenco’s other profound comparison of ocean acidification as “osteoporosis of the sea.”
Learn more in the forthcoming Fragile Earth exhibition catalog by the Florence Griswold Museum, coming August 2019.
Images by Paul Mutino for the Florence Griswold Museum* © Courtney Mattison
* image by courtney mattison