Esmé Miami Beach, 1438 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Photography by David Gary Lloyd

Carcass is a hand built ceramic installation that approaches the theme of ocean degradation through the lenses of coral bleaching, coral harvesting and plastic pollution. Each sculpture is a thoughtful curation that shows endangered species from the Florida Reef Tract such as Elkhorn, Staghorn, Pillar and Brain corals amongst others that are suffering a mass extinction due to human stressors. These sculptures are surrounded by ceramic pieces of everyday trash elements that end up in the ocean and laid on top of a sand bed. All sculptures are only fired once, making them more fragile and susceptible to breakage just like corals themselves. My goal is to create the feeling that corals emit by portraying the vast array of species, textures, and shapes that exist in a reef while also showing the effects of the phenomena that are devastating these extremely delicate beings. 

Beatriz Chachamovits is an environmental artist and educator from São Paulo, Brazil living and working in Miami, Florida. Her work renders tangible the decline of the coral reef ecosystems, and the role played by humans in it. Her intention is to share the majestic beauty of at-risk marine ecologies as well as the appalling rate of their destruction. She works with monochromatic ceramic sculptures and drawings to highlight the unique shape, form and texture that exists in the underwater world.

Selected solo shows include: “White Sea” at Galeria Tato in São Paulo, Brazil (2017) Into the Great Dying: Waters We Share” at Faena Art Project Room(2022) “Our Changing Seas” at the Frost Science Museum (2022). Selected group shows include: National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, “Coral Expedition: 1865 – 2018” (2018) The Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum “Transitional Nature”(2020)Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood “C[h]oral Stories and Collective Actions” (2022)

Chachamovits’ work has recently been featured in Vogue Magazine’s Earth and Us section, Vogue China and in the National Geographic Education platform, part of an AAAS grant to teach fifth graders about women in marine science. She has received a prize from The Village of Pinecrest grant for artists, and is currently a resident artist at The Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, Miami. 

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