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that can offer solutions to the coral reef crisis. Apart from Our Changing Seas, I have also done a series of smaller wall-mounted ceramic sculptural vignettes called “Hope Spots” that is intended to help influence policy surrounding marine protected areas (MPAs). Dr. Sylvia Earle—a renowned oceanographer and Time magazine’s first Hero for the Planet—coined the term “Hope Spot” to identify each of Earth’s most vital marine ecosystems and highlight the need for MPAs to protect them. The first 18 pieces in my “Hope Spots” series debuted in San Francisco in early 2012 and a portion of the proceeds from selling this work continues to support Mission Blue—Dr. Earle’s global initiative that was formed in response to her 2009 TED Prize wish to ignite public support for a global network of MPAs to protect the world’s Hope Spots. Now that Mission Blue has announced a total of 50 Hope Spots, I have my work cut out for me to make more! CM: The cumulative impacts of human-caused pressures are wreaking havoc on our ocean planet. Finding realistic solutions may seem daunting, but there is still hope. We protect what we care about, and we care about what we know and understand. We Artivists and SciArtists can raise awareness about these issues and catalyze emotional connections to the ocean, inspiring innovation, creativity, and tireless dedication among people all over the world to do what they can to shape policy and grassroots change before it’s too late. SAiA: Your home decor company, Corallia Design, seems to be a very nice counterpart to your artistic practice. When did you start this company, and why? CM: Thank you! My real passion lies in creating monumental public sculptural installations, but I believe that it will take art of all kinds to motivate global change to save vital ecosystems. Everyone on earth is alive because of the ocean, from the water we drink to the air we breathe. Many people don’t see or think about the ocean on a daily basis, and consider corals and other reef organisms to be exotic and aesthetically pleasing. I started Corallia in August 2012 as a way to inspire ocean conservation within the hearts and homes of individuals with affordable and sustainable ocean-inspired decorative objects. The name Corallia is a play on the genus of endangered “precious corals” commonly used for jewelry: Corallium. I enjoy creating this kind of work because it is more accessible to a broader audience and can be used as conversation pieces. More conversations mean more awareness. Also, proceeds from Corallia help offset my business carbon emissions, keeping my “Inland Sea Studio” in landlocked Denver, Colorado carbon neutral. SAiA: Is there anything else you would like to add? SciArt in America December 2013 (detail) “Our Changing Seas: A coral reef story” is now on loan at AAAS. Image © Derek Parks, NOAA. Visit Mattison's website at 27