Jasmine Targett is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice aims to visually and conceptually investigate the ‘blind spots’ in perception surrounding nature and existence. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work is a ‘vision quest’, bringing into focus the unseen and overlooked. The central themes she interrogates include environment, atmosphere, science, philosophy, vision and perception.
A modern techno-romanticist, Jasmine reinterprets traditional craft materials and techniques working with new technologies to find innovative ways to respond to how climate science has changed the way nature is perceived and understood. Working with devices that magnify the natural world her work offers an expanded gaze into perception, making the void between existence and nature tangible.
There is a subversive undertone within her work that explores awe on a conceptual level. 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 is an Australian artist that was raised in New York and currently resides in Melbourne Australia. Her work was first recognised internationally when she was invited to exhibit in Wonderland held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei. Within Australia Jasmine’s innovative and conceptual work has been regarded for its cultural significance and awarded the Senini Prize from McClelland Gallery (2014) and LaTrobe Regional Gallery Acquisitive Art Prize (2009).
Over the past few years Jasmine’s research has received support from the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Melbourne. Her work has been exhibited nationally at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Cairns Regional Gallery, Craft Victoria and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art. Jasmine Targett’s work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia, Asia and America.