'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, September 2012.
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.
'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.
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.