Beautiful Swimmer, Callinectes Sapidus, 2017, Ceramic, 4.25 x 8 x 9 inches.
This work is from Hagan's La Mer Shield series. La Mer a tributary of the Wildlife work, explores life of the ocean from the exquisite and mighty microscopic beauties in the sunlit zone to our largest creature, the blue whale. These marine single-cell primary producers photosynthesize more than half of Earth’s oxygen as the base of our ecosystem. Many cells form colonies networking to empower their oxygen prowess in mutual support. Everything is connected.
All work is hand-built earthenware with multiple kiln firings. When applied, underglazes and glazes are airbrushed and selectively (Wildlife Flor & Fauna shields) hand-painted. Each piece is a unique adventure furthering the sculpture and research into new realms. Inspired by life, interdependence, nature, sustainable communities and environments, first hand discoveries via exploring cultures, land and sea, diving, snorkeling, collaborating with scientist, visiting labs, research and passionate expansion.
What does light talk about? I asked a plant that once.
It said, ‘I am not sure, but it makes me grow’
– Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274
Oak trees know. Their roots graft into one flesh so they may share mutual sustenance, benefiting the community as a whole. When one tree is in need, the healthy ones direct their energy in support. Microscopic marine organisms form the basis of all life on our planet and connect in exquisite systems or colonies. These one-cell plankton gems, our primary producers provide over 50% of the oxygen for the planet with light from the sun. Rich diversity and reciprocal sharing power thriving communities and environments. This light-giving flow has enabled all life to thrive for eons.
Inherent potential realized moves everything, even light itself.
It certainly moves Marguertia Hagan. Hagan's work is a response to this light. The interdependent forms and projects grow in a continuous heliotropic adventure, energized with every opportunity and connection.
Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable communities and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, teaching and community arts.
Throughout her career, Hagan has brought to light the beauty and engineering of our planet’s diverse ecosystems and our powerful role as stewards. At this climacteric time of change, her work focuses on the largest and essential element on earth, the ocean from its micro to macro scale. The intricate ceramic forms shine light on the wonder and respect for the fragile, diverse life of the sea with which our lives are intrinsically linked. Hagan’s practice is an ongoing discovery, magnifying our awareness, reciprocal responsibility and protection of each other and our planet.
She received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her BFA in Ceramics at James Madison University. Her projects include collaborations with artists, scientists and community, environmental art-science residencies, lectures and exhibits nationally and internationally.