Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an activist 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 brings 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 relationship of micro to macro and individual to collective. Her intricate ceramic shines light on the wonder and respect for the fragile, diverse life 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 and lectures. Her work is in private and public collections and exhibited nationally and internationally.
Here, you will find links to posts on Marguerita’s works and coverage at various venues and news
- See Marguerita’s Portfolio at XRAY-MAG.com: pdf here
- Below, one of Marguerita’s influencing works: Interdependence
A projection of Earth illuminating the ceramic flowing with ocean currents and a marine milky way, offer a universal perspective and the interconnectedness of life. The initial video sequence is accompanied by the sound of space fading into a constant heartbeat of our planet’s blue heart, the ocean. The most recognized photograph in the world, The Blue Marble, captured in 1972 by the astronauts of Apollo 17 became the symbol of Earth Day and today honors this 50th anniversary.
A mother and calf humpback whale serenade as the lens and viewer plunge into the sea. Sculptures pulse and fade, creating reverberating ripples across the gallery wall.
Murmuring plankton blooms immerse the sea and ceramic works in green to emphasize the one-cell organisms that provide over 50% of Earth’s oxygen. Hagan plays with scale and the diversity of marine ecosystems, from microscopic to massive organisms like coral and the blue whale.
Interdependence emphasizes the wonder and critically fragile state of our planet as a result of climate change from human damages. The work magnifies what is invisible to most, although its well-being is deeply intertwined with our own. Hagan advocates for responsibility for our impact and relationship to the environment as if our lives depend on it, because they do. If colonies of microscopic organisms have supported the entire planet for millions of years, imagine what we can achieve together.