Before shaping the prickly life forms that make it up Marine abstracts Series, Marguerita Hagan dived into the waters around the Cayman Islands to get a glimpse of the corals and sponges that inhabit the area. “My research is important to my work, be it firsthand like diving, which manifests the sponge and is inspired by corals Marine abstractsor visit laboratories and work with friends of my scientists, ”says the Philadelphia-based artist. “I’m passionate about learning and immersing myself in the life of every piece / species.”
The resulting works imitate the porous bodies of aquatic creatures and are amorphous in shape and handcrafted in curved gestures from low-fire clay. Hagan subjects the ceramic forms to three to eight rounds in the oven before they are airbrushed with pastel glazes. Each piece is riddled with holes and covered with tiny bristles that are arranged with meticulous precision. It can take months to complete.
When presented in a gallery space, Hagan contextualizes many of her works by combining and creating them with animated projections holistic installations which position the individual sculptures in a larger ecosystem. In this way, conversations can be held about interdependence and the need to protect these fragile forms, the artist explains the concept further:
Microscopic marine organisms form the basis of all life on our planet and combine in exquisite systems or colonies. These unicellular plankton gemstones, our primary producers, provide the planet with over 50% of the oxygen in sunlight. Rich diversity and mutual shared power, thriving communities and environments. This luminous river has enabled all lives to flourish for eons … We are in a time of epic change and are responsible for the changes that are necessary now. The work aims to raise spirits, awareness, renewable measures and timely sustainable investments for all life.
You can see many of the abstracted pieces shown here alongside dozen of Hagan’s sculptures as part of Biospherewhich can be seen both in person and virtually HOTBED until May 8th in Philadelphia. A larger collection of the artist’s works can be found at her side and Instagram.
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