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Statement:

As an environmental artist and educator, my practice centers on my deep connection with marine environments. Using ceramic sculptures and installations, I dive into in the intricate world of coral reefs, addressing their decline due to human stressors. Ceramics play a pivotal role in my work, allowing me to faithfully recreate textures and forms, fostering a tangible connection to these vital marine ecosystems.

 

Inspired by the underlying structures that sustain reefs, I emphasize interdependence, diversity, and scale to cultivate collective empathy.I hold a particular fascination for endangered species and I strive to translate scientific studies into powerful visual narratives. 

 

Recently, my focus has shifted towards creating site-specific projects that fully immerse people in these underwater communities. These experiences serve as platforms to showcase the urgent needs of coral reefs while highlighting their captivating beauty and life-sustaining role in our present and future. 

 

My work acts as an open invitation for viewers to engage directly with the sensory richness of marine ecosystems, encouraging them to reflect on their connection to the marine world and take meaningful steps towards its preservation. This allows me to merge art, science, and education to raise awareness about the fragility and importance of our oceans.

Bio:

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 ceramic sculptures and drawings to highlight the unique shape, form and texture that exists in the underwater world. She is the author and illustrator of the book The little handbook of marine fishes and other aquatic marvels (Pequeno manual de peixe marinhos e outras maravilhas aquáticas), published by Companhia das Letrinhas in São Paulo, Brazil in 2018.

Selected solo show includes: “White Sea” at Galeria Tato in São Paulo, Brazil (2017) Into the Great Dying: Waters We Share" at Faena Art Project Room(2022) “Reversing the Tides of Change" at the Frost Science Museum (2022) and Into the Great Dying: Roles We Play at the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami (2023)

Selected group shows include: National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, “Coral Expedition: 1865 - 2018” (2018) Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood “C[h]oral Stories and Collective Actions” (2022) No Vacancy, Temporary Public Art Projects and Juried Art Competition (2022) and FAU University Galleries “ SouthxEast Triennial (2023)

Chachamovits’ work has recently been featured in Vogue Magazine’s Earth and Us section, Arte Al Dia and in the National Geographic Education platform, part of an AAAS grant to teach fifth graders about women in marine science. She was a grant recipient for the Underwater Museum of Art of Florida where she placed a permanent sculpture in their underwater sculpture garden as an artificial reef, and is currently a resident artist at The Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, Miami.

Links to articles:

LEWIS PUGH FOUNDATION - CORAL CHAMPIONS 

VOGUE - EARTH TO US BY SALOMÉ GÓMEZ-UPEGUI

IMPACT EDITION - INTO THE GREAT DYING: WATERS WE SHARE BY YULIA STROKOVA

ARTE AL DIA -  INTO THE GREAT DYING: STEPS WE TAKE BY AMALIA CAPUTO

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC - SIENCE BELOW WATER BY DR JENNIFER ADLER

VOYAGEMIA - LIFE AND WORK INTERVIEW 

Please feel free to contact me through email or on social media for any questions you may have! I am open for commissions and have works available for sale and would be happy to send you a catalogue. 

beatrizchachamovits@gmail.com                                                                                                                @beatrizchachamovits 

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