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- Courtney Leonard’s work addresses environmental crises and their relationship to traditional Native American ways of life. She is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, a people who have a close relationship with the sea. Their culture has been threatened by the environmental impact of climate change.
- ARTIFICE Ellipse | Log: 18-3 is a ceramic sculpture inspired by the forms of man-made artificial reef sculptures. While artificial reef sculptures are intended to promote marine life and control coastal erosion, they are also part of a larger environmental problem. Many artificial reefs are made of concrete, which is largely composed of sand taken from coastal areas, leaving them vulnerable to rising sea levels and erosion.
More to think about
In the video, Courtney Leonard asks, “Can a culture sustain itself when it no longer has access to the environment that fashioned its culture?” What do you think she means by this? Think about the ways you identify yourself culturally. What environmental factors might have contributed to the practices and traditions that are part of that identity?