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Artist ID: 2357

Syngnathidae Life Awareness
Through the means of art, it is possible to point out the importance of environmental concerns. Syngnathidae Life Awareness aims to bring about an awareness of an endangered marine species, which includes seahorses, sea dragons, pipefishes, and other Syngnathiformes. Each work within this series explores research that supports a wide range of current conservation projects for this threatened species.
Using various methods of drawing and ceramic techniques, this body of work conveys realism based upon images and decades of long scrutiny from the Conservation of International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Seahorse Project. The purpose of this work is to bring them to the forefront of our everyday lives, so they are no longer “out of sight, out of mind”. This body of work intends to be more than just decoration that is pleasing to the eye, but rather serve as a visual testimony to the concerns of human interaction to nature. It also seeks to produce an emotion in the viewer’s eye that will bring a change in human responsibility to nature and its preservation.
Many Syngnathids are threatened by pollution, habitat loss, climate change, other invasive species, mass global trade, and direct exploitation in the form of overfishing and bycatch, corresponding to these marine conservative organizations. In The artist’s views of Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality, there are cute, whimsical, or mythical creatures such as merhorses or hippocampus (ones of mythological sea monsters) that are considered as an inspiration from the Syngnathidae, yet they are being targeted for their healing or magical powers. She offers a scientific understanding of the species and why they are endangered to educate the public about their uniqueness and the reason for their decline. Her goal is to produce a human desire to alter human activity and preserve the environment of this species. Hopefully, this body of work will create a greater awareness and an appreciation for these creatures through a concern for the ocean.

Catherine Ceva is a deaf artist living and working in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was born in Charleston, SC, and graduated from the South Carolina School for Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) in May 2009. After transferring to Converse University from Spartanburg Community College in July 2015, Ceva focused on earning her BFA in Studio Art and is expected to graduate in Spring 2022. Her preferred art media include colorful pastels, charcoal, ceramics, and handwork crafts. Ceva’s body of work is a form of marine conservation, which aims to bring about an awareness of the Syngnathidae. She recently won a Juror’s Choice award from the 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC.

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