Sarah Conti is a skillful ceramic sculptor passionate about ecology, conservation, social issues, and sparking conversations about climate change and human impacts on the earth. She fuses ceramic sculptures of birds and vases to create splendid pieces that symbolize those important questions.
In my sculpture practice I work to convey how climate justice is social justice. As a more sensitive species, birds are being killed far before humans by the unavoidable effects of climate change. Similarly, these environmental issues will first impact the most vulnerable humans; those who don’t have the ability or resources to escape impending natural disasters, despite often contributing to climate pollution the least. I am using birds literally to reference the dangers they face in the earth’s future. But I am also using birds metaphorically to discuss historic and contemporary social issues. Throughout my work I weave in themes of art history, feminism, civil rights, immigration, community, and critiques on colonization and capitalism. Birds are the only other species as globally ubiquitous as humans; they have wisdom and warnings to imbue if only we can listen.Sarah Conti