Previous to sculpting the prickly lifeforms that comprise her Marine Abstracts sequence, Marguerita Hagan plunged into the waters surrounding the Cayman Islands to get a glimpse of the coral and sponges inhabiting the area. “My analysis is vital to my work, whether or not from seeing firsthand like diving, which manifested the sponge and coral-inspired Marine Abstracts, or visiting labs and dealing with my scientist pals,” the Philadelphia-based artist says. “I’m enthusiastic about studying, and I immerse myself into the life of every piece/species.”
Mimicking the porous our bodies of the aquatic creatures, the ensuing works are amorphous in form and hand-built in sweeping gestures from low-fire clay. Hagan topics the ceramic types to anyplace between three and eight rounds of firing within the kiln earlier than they’re airbrushed with pastel glazes. Pocked with holes and coated in tiny bristles organized with meticulous precision, each bit can take months to finish.
When introduced in a gallery area, Hagan contextualizes a lot of her works by pairing them with animated projections, creating holistic installations that situate particular person sculptures inside a bigger ecosystem. It’s a technique to generate dialog about interdependence and the necessity to shield these fragile types, the artist says, explaining the idea additional:
Microscopic marine organisms kind the premise of all life on our planet and join in beautiful methods or colonies. These one-cell plankton gems, our main producers present over 50% of the oxygen for the planet with gentle from the solar. Wealthy variety and reciprocal sharing energy thriving communities and environments. This light-giving movement has enabled all life to thrive for eons…We’re in a time of epic shifts and are liable for the adjustments wanted now. The work intends to uplift spirits, consciousness, renewable motion and well timed sustainable investments for all life.
You’ll be able to see lots of the abstracted items proven right here, alongside dozens of Hagan’s sculptures, as a part of Biospheres, which is on view each in-person and nearly at HOT•BED in Philadelphia by Could 8. For a bigger assortment of the artist’s works, try her site and Instagram.
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