Cayman Island dive with Stingrays.
Brain coral inspiration snorkeling off Rum Point, North side Cayman.
Snorkeling Spott’s Beach, South side Cayman Island.
Eagle ray diving off North Wall, Cayman.
Lookin’ up at 100’, North Wall, Cayman.
Azure Vase Sponge, North Wall, Cayman: love at first sight and inspiring dive transforming into abstraction clay sculpture.
American Geophysical Union Conference 2018
Marguerita with artist, Diane Burko who coordinated Coral Reef Ecosystems Panel: Presentation and Poster Session at AGU Conference in D.C. Panel consisted of artists, Burko and Hagan and scientists, Mark Eakin, Natalie Goodkin, Molly Moynihan and Stuart Sandin with panel moderator, Susan Eriksson, artist and scientist.
Incredible gathering at intersection of art and science.
Mark Eakin oversees all coral survey for NOAA & is the senior science consultant on documentary film Chasing Coral (Netflix); Natalie Goodkin & Molly Moynihan from Nanyang Technological University and Stuart Sandin from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Sandin’s 100 Island Challenge project includes visual art collaboration for remote coral image capture to produce 3-D printed models tracking the health of the reef around the world.
Hagan’s La Mer sculpture at AGU conference poster session.
Mark Eakin, NOAA and senior science consultant in documentary Chasing Coral speaking with visitors from NASA at our poster session.
Stuart Sandin explaining data from his project mapping coral health globally.
Primary Producer Installation: Primary Artists at Westtown Friends School
Art residency with primary art students in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade at Westtown School with art teacher Jeff Warring. Permanent installation at elementary playground entrance at Friends school on 600 acres in West Chester, PA.
Sharing how Hagan draws marine micro organisms on the Primary Producerware and sculpts them with La Mer following slideshow on our blue planet’s primary producers.
Teaching examples of micro-marine organisms with Primary Producerware plates, images and mini sculptural models.
Ernst Haeckel and the childrens’ drawings with oil clay for modeling.
Drawings for shield designs.
Pre-k and kindergarten sculpted marine organisms and attached to wet clay shields made by Marguerita.
Kindergartener attaches wet clay micro-marine organisms to mini shield.
First graders sculpted 3-D organisms that float between pre-k and kindergarteners’ shields. Proud student showing her diatom model for her clay sculpture.
Students seeing their bisqued work after first kiln firing.
Students painting ceramic color on bisqued shields and sculpture.
Underglaze is flat until the clear glaze is added and kiln fired.
Brilliant results with clear glaze and mother-of-pearl-luster.
Art Residency at The College of New Jersey
Fall 2018 with gallery curator, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund at TCNJ. Hagan worked in the gallery on new marine abstract sculpture later exhibited during Springs Eternal: Art, Water & Change 2/6 - 3/31.
Residency included exhibition of Wildlife & La Mer, lecture and reception with numerous gallery visits and events with science, art, art education and general students, Art Open House event, Women’s College Club of Princeton and Hagan visiting science class and faculty.
Hagan with students following her lecture at the opening of her solo exhibit during art residency at TCNJ.
Presentation and panel discussion at Springs Eternal: Art, Water & Change exhibit opening, TCNJ curated by Margaret Pezalla-Granlund.
Visit with Dr. Erik Cordes & Alexis Weinnig at Temple Labs
Alexis showing Diane Burko and Hagan the cold-water coral samples they are studying following the historic discovery of the largest known cold-water coral reef, 85 miles long off the coast of South Carolina.
Cold-water coral from expedition including lophelia pertusa inspiring Hagan’s marine abstract Perpetual Lophelia Pertusa.
Dr. Erik Cordes showing Diane Burko and Hagan the expedition project and reef discovery site.
Mapping of Dr. Cordes’ DEEP Search 2018 project off Charleston, South Carolina on the east coast of the U.S. This area is targeted for drilling by U.S. administration and Dr. Cordes’s discovery comes at a critical time to help stop destructive drilling at the site of this slow-growing, fragile system of our marine ecosystem.
Detail of the charming lophelia pertusa at Temple Labs in Philadelphia. Perpetual Lophelia Pertusa sculpture abstracts and plays on the sensual tentacles and polyp mouth of this complex beauty.
Alternative Healing Project with Drexel University Center for Non-Violence & Social Change
The AHP was created, curated and coordinated by Laura Hinds and Hindsight Consulting Group in 2018 for The Center for Non-Violence & Social Justice at Drexel University. The final stage of the 4 month program for the incredible young men focused on creative healing with yoga, a visit to glass studio, continued work on their personal digital story and working in clay in Hagan’s studio. The ceramic program included custom works in clay and upon completion a group critique of their work and experience. The ceramic pieces were exhibited at the final celebration with the screening of their digital stories for a powerful and inspiring closure and new beginning for everyone involved.
Chris working on a bowl. Most of the works made were gifts and acknowledgements of gratitude and encouragement.
Isaiah glazing his symbolic multi-ringed orb.
A number of these visionaries have launched programs supporting young fathers as well as transforming directions for youth of color growing up in violence.
Each participant had to apply for this competitive program and be juried in and were profoundly inspiring.
Marguerita and Anthony for a little perspective on scale.
Most of these young men had never worked in clay and surprised themselves. The pride and care that went into their creative process beamed in their smiles and each completed piece.
Each piece was truly a love letter to themselves and to those who had stood by them.
Look out world for this bright star.
La Mer: Species, Sculpture & Scale
This video was created for the exhibit La Mer: People Protect What They Love at the Science Museum of Virginia by museum videographer, Tyler Rhodes. Working with Hagan’s photos of her ceramic sculpture and the species she collected, this video animates the ceramic and gives a sense scale to the micro marine organisms in the final frames within a droplet of water. Humpback whales sing in the background with an altered adaptation of the song, La Mer by Charles Trenet.