Ocean Saviors

Contemporary artists have long had a strong bond to the beauty and mystery that is the ocean. The following create powerful visualizations that pay homage to the beauty of the sea as well as make a statement on human impact.
Words by Stacy Wynn | October 30, 2019 | Lifestyle

Textile Triumph

Innovative visionary Vanessa Barragão uses textiles as her medium to bring public awareness to the huge scale at which the textile industry pollutes the ocean. From her rugs to her large-scale tapestries and wall hangings, every piece is handmade using discarded textile waste. She incorporates a variety of techniques, including crochet, latch hook, hand-tufting, embroidery, felting and knitting to turn leftover raw material into beauty.

Fragile Ecosystem

In Poumons Des Océans (“Lungs Of The Oceans”), Aude Bourgine creates multimedia coral sculptures from colorful embroidery, beads, sequins and other glitters, then places them under bell jars to highlight the fragility of plant life. Encased in globes and isolated from the real world, the delicate sculptures are meant to be reminders of what we could lose by indifference and inaction.

Reef Whisperer

The Our Changing Seas series by Courtney Mattison explores the diversity of coral reefs, with a visual emphasis on how many of these once-thriving ecosystems are now dying. While the central pieces of her large-scale Confluence are colorful and lush, the outer elements are intentionally more sparse and white to symbolize the long-term effects of coral bleaching.