Jasmine Targett - CV

"In my arts practice I make work with my hands, computers, microscopes, telescopes and people. The hand made has an intimate and authoritative quality that computer and machine generated art is lacking. Both mediums within my practice inform one another. Closing studio based media in art schools including ceramics, tapestry, glass and metals will have serious ramifications on the type of art being produced in Melbourne. The aesthetic of art and the culture of learning will change entirely. The experience of collective studio based practice, interrogating ideas through dialogue, debate and extended investigation will unravel. You simply can't use a computer to communicate the expression in a piece of clay that has been squeezed in a moment of rage. You can't learn about art in a classroom, that is why artists for hundreds of years have had studios; laboratory and museum-like spaces to manifest and cultivate their ideas. If we limit the means we have to learn than we limit what progress can be made through creative endeavor." - Jasmine Targett

Jasmine Targett is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines our perception of nature while quantifying ecological concerns. Often deceptively beautiful, her practice illuminates parts of nature that are often overlooked, from Earth’s atmosphere to common garden weeds. Within her work there is an uneasy tension between the engaging aesthetic and the information portrayed, exploring sinister scientific data that has irrevocably altered our perception of nature in recent years.

“Observation challenges the way we understand the world, sometimes thinking about observation changes what we see.” – Jasmine Targett on Observation, 2011.

In 2010 Jasmine was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the City of Melbourne for her research project Life Support Systems. Due to the works cultural and artistic merit it has been curated into Wonderland at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, 2012. Jasmine is completing a PhD on Sensing Ether: a studio based investigation into Perceiving Atmosphere, Light and Life Support Systems at Monash University with the assistance of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

‘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, 2011.

For more information on Jasmine - http://jasminetargett.blogspot.com

Jasmine Targett Curriculum Vitae
Born and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia

Solo Exhibitions
Crumbling Ecologies, Craft Victoria, Melbourne

Making Sense, Craft Victoria and Federation Square Urban Screens, Melbourne
Bubbling Up, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, Victoria

We Follow the Light, Pieces of Eight, Melbourne

Losing the Unique, Shifted Gallery, Richmond Victoria
Inside the Realm of Invisible Spheres, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, Victoria
Curious Opulence, EGetail, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions
Us and Them: Umwelten, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Australian National Glass Prize Finalists Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Wagga Wagga
Australian National Glass Gallery Student Prize, Finalist, Wagga Wagga NSW

Tom Malone Glass Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Media Specific, Monash Faculty Gallery, Caulfield Victoria
Encore, Glass Artists Gallery, NSW

Ranamok, National Touring Exhibition highlights- Canberra Glassworks ACT, Cairns Regional Gallery QLD
Greater than One, Monash Faculty Gallery, Caulfield Monash
Reflections of the Modern World, Toyota Gallery, Port Melbourne
Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, Finalist, The Substation, Williamstown.
Australian National Glass Gallery Student Prize, Finalist, Wagga Wagga NSW

Senini Sculpture Award, Finalist, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, VIC
Colour Accord, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford, VIC

Publications & Press
The Age - A Dying Art? By Dylan Rainforth.
Vogue Living – The Crumbling Ecologies Project, Madeleine Hinchy.
Lip Magazine – Crumbling Ecologies: Craft Community, Fragility by Emma Koehn.
Australian Art Collector – Australian Artists Exhibit in Taiwan by Jane O’Sullivan.

New Scientist – Dazzling glass reveals hidden crises on Earth by Wendy Zukerman, Asia-Pacific reporter.
Beyond Zero Emissions – Beyond Zero talks to artists Debbie Symons & Jasmine Targett on the collaboration between artists and scientists to look at the view of Climate Change.
Carbon Arts – Making Sense, Jasmine Targett & Debbie Symons.
Monash University Research Press – Art vs. Science by Emily Walker.
Making Sense Exhibition Catalogue - Making Sense: from the Sublime to the Meticulous by John Gregory.

ABC 6pm News ACT & NSW – Jasmine Targett: Atmosphere in the Ranamok Glass Prize 2010.
University WA, SymbioticA Symposium: Unruly Ecologies - Featured Artist- Jasmine Targett.
Craft Arts International, No 79 - Pre-Text by Anita Taylor.
Ranamok Catalogue Essay by Tina Oldknow, Curator Modern Glass- Corning Museum of Glass New York.

Craft Arts International, 76 – Questions of Scalability by Gordon Bull, Head Art School, ANU.
Melbourne Jeweller - Losing the Unique: Shifted Gallery, Richmond. Karen Thompson.
Artabase, Editorial - Jasmine Targett - Glass Artist.

Awards & Grants
Recipient, Arts Project Grant, City of Melbourne.

Recipient, Monash University Research Publication Grant.
Recipient, Australian Postgraduate Award for Post Graduate Research, Monash University.
Recipient, Morgan Philanthropic Arts Trust Grant.

Recipient, Creation of New Work- Emerging Artist Grant, Melbourne City Council.
Hon Mention, Ranamok Glass Prize-Tina Oldknow- Curator Corning Museum of Glass New York.

Recipient, Monash University Research Publication Grant.

Recipient, Latrobe Regional Gallery Acquisitive Contemporary Art Award.

Other Career Highlights
Finalist Highlights, Tom Malone Glass Prize, Creation of New Work- Toyota Community Spirit Travel Grant, Australian National Gallery
Glass Prize, Williamstown, Contemporary Art Prize, Senini Sculpture Award at McClelland Gallery.

Professional Related Experience
Project Manager Research Symposium - Art and the Communication of Climate Science: Making Sense of how artists and scientists can collaborate on the question of the ozone hole and biodiversity in Antarctica.

Research Project - The Similarity of Parallel Worlds: Collaboration with scientists from NASA & MMI
Research Project - Life Support Systems: Funded by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants, research with NASA EOS Satellite Data Centre and CBS Glass USA.
Tipping Point Conference participant – Melbourne.

Founding Member - Brown Paper Artist Collective.

Academic History
2013   PhD Fine Arts, Monash University.
2010   Master of Fine Arts by research Glass, Monash University.
2008   Honours Degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts-Glass, Monash University.
2007   Bachelor of Fine Arts -Painting, Monash University.    

Collections: Latrobe Regional Art Gallery – Victoria

Accredited Professional Memberships: NAVA, Craft Victoria and Ausglass.