DEBBIE SYMONS AND JASMINE TARGETT

Artists working in Creative Spaces LAB-14 Studio


Creative Spaces LAB-14 Residency 2

March 2015 - June 2015


About The Catchments Project

Debbie Symons and Jasmine Targett were the first artists to utilise the Creative Spaces Studio at LAB-14. Together they created The Catchments Project – three new research based works that addressed the challenge and complexity of Climate Change Adaptation surrounding reduced rainfall and drought. Making Water Visible, The Water Harvest and Getting Busy, focussed on innovative ways of visualising, contributing to and enhancing Melbourne’s waterways and catchments.


About Debbie

Debbie Symons’ works link statistical databases on endangered species to elucidate environmental crime, questioning the involvement of capitalistic venture in the critical, global environmental issues now emerging. Conceptually Symons’ works aim to sensitize a desensitize society.

She recaptures ‘peer-reviewed’ data and forces it back into the public sphere, creating an analysis of real time environmental predicaments. Appropriating known media communication vehicles her works critique capitalism’s participation in the ecological predicament, highlighting its ‘cost’ to humanity and other species. This process thereby enables the works to embody political potency and urgency, allowing them to move beyond a simplistic representation of ‘damaged nature’, to a multifaceted analysis of cause and effect.

Symons collaborates with scientific organisations, such as the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and The University of Sydney – The Eora Mrio Database to facilitate the statistical data pertaining to her works.

Her works have been shown internationally through the International Urban Screen Association and nationally; Urban Screen – Federation Square, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, [MARS] Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Incinerator Gallery, RMIT Gallery, Project Space RMIT, Albury Digital Outdoor Gallery, Craft Victoria, Trocadero Art Space, Shifted Gallery, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Monash University Faculty Gallery, The Substation etc. Symons completed her PhD,Anthropocentrism, Endangered Species and the Environmental Dilemma in 2014 at Monash University with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship. Symons’ works are held in number of private collections within Australia and in the U.K and she recently won the Linden Art Prize in 2014. Her work has received critical reviews both within Australia and internationally.


About Jasmine

Jasmine Targett is an interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to visually and conceptually investigate the ‘blind spots’ in perception surrounding nature and existence. Exploring the tension between awareness and visibility, her work brings into focus the unseen and overlooked.

A 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. Her work is sustained by significant research collaborations with scientists and environmental data organisations.

There is a subversive undertone within her work that explores awe (the grand sublime force of natural and anthropocentric disaster) 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 Targett is an Australian artist that was raised in New York and currently resides in Melbourne Australia. Jasmine’s work was first recognised internationally when she was invited to exhibit in Wonderland 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 LaTrobe Regional Gallery Acquisitive Art Prize and Senini Prize from McClelland Gallery.

Over the past five 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.