'It’s hard to imagine a more opportune moment for ‘making sense’ of environmental issues, which clearly present us all – scientists and non-scientists alike – with a huge challenge... Jasmine Targett’s works bridge a crucial gap, presenting complex, disturbing data in lucid, evocative, even surprisingly beautiful form.' - Professor John Gregory, Making Sense: from the Sublime to the Meticulous
b. Melbourne, Australia 1985.
As a techno romanticist, Jasmine's work aims to visually and conceptually investigate ‘blind spots’ in perception, making the void between existence and nature tangible. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work highlights issues surrounding anthropocentrism and the environment.
There is a subversive and scientific undertone within her work. Her seemingly beautiful and intricately crafted works chart landmarks of anthropocentric disaster that cannot be found on any atlas or world map. These dark wonders of the natural world offer an insight into a ‘super ecology’ in which the natural and artificial have become inextricably linked within one natural system: An ecosystem of universal proportions from which no part is immune from the changes of its counterparts.
'Jasmine Targett, has used NASA satellite data to represent the ozone hole – and the invisible terror of anthropogenic environmental harm – as a human-scaled, realistically iceberg-shaped sculpture. Because, like an iceberg, it’s what we can’t see that we should be afraid of.' - Dylan Rainforth, Sydney Morning Herald, June 2014.
Jasmine’s works have been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Museums Quartier Wien in Vienna Austria and in the Aesthetica Art Prize in London. In Australia her work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, Craft Victoria, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Latrobe Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Cairns Regional Gallery. Jasmine’s works are held in Australian and International Public and Private Art Collections throughout Australia, Asia and America. She is currently on the board for the World Crafts Council.
Jasmine’s work has received multiple research project grants and public artwork commissions from the Australia Council for the Arts and City of Melbourne. Her work has been recognised for its cultural significance, awarded the LaTrobe Regional Gallery Acquisitive Art Prize and Senini Prize from McClelland Gallery. In 2015 she was named as one of the top 100 artists exhibiting in the world by The Corning Museum of Glass and Aesthetica Magazine.
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The Catchments Project: In 2015 Jasmine was commissioned by the City of Melbourne to collaborate with leading Melbourne scientists on a series of new socially engaged public artworks for the Art+Climate=Change festival, during the inaugural Artist in Residence at LAB14’s Carlton Connect Studio with collaborating artist Debbie Symons.
‘Jasmine Targett’s history as an artist and researcher can be defined by her unique ability to engage with issues that are relevant on a micro and macro level, to the individual, to the society and to our culture.’ - George Aslanis, Head of Glass, Monash University.