Jasmine Targett, glass artist.

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 29 June 2009.

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Jasmine Targett is an Australian glass sculptor who has been exhibiting for around 5 years. She currently has a show on at C3 gallery in Melbourne, Australia. I shot her a few questions to learn more about her practise.

Was your educational background in sculpture?

I completed a diploma and bachelor in fine arts both majoring in painting before I transferred into glass in my honours year. This was quite an unusual step and it has enabled my work to have a strong conceptual framework, and unconventional approach to the medium.

How did you become interested in using glass as a medium, and how or where did you learn the processes you use?

I first discovered working with glass in my final year of a BFA at Monash University. I had two inspiring lecturers (George Aslanis and Rosslynd Piggott ) that quickly became mentors that supported my decision to pursuit glass. I learnt the basics of glass casting, fusing, blowing, and slumping experimentally before finding my own process to working with the medium. My most successful works usually come from mistakes or flaws that make a sculpture or installation unique.

Can you tell us a bit about what attracted you to working with glass in this way?

The unique or innate beauty if the imperfect is a curious fascination I have had for sometime. Using glass as a medium to explore impermanence, fragility, light and various other themes reflects certain qualities that are directly relevant to the fabric of the medium.

Is this an area of practise you are focussed on exclusively at the moment or do you have other techniques on the go?

At the moment I have been prepairing for an exhibition at c3 Contemporary Art Space at the Abbotsford Convent. ‘Inside the realm of invisible spheres’ explores the shifts of perception that occur when our awareness of reality through observation is deconstructed, exposing a rupture in the natural order. Spheres and bubbles with their infinite and sensitive boundaries mark out fragile positive and negative spaces.

Who are some of your favourite artists and why?

Tough question, there are so many! At the moment I am fascinated by Keiko Mukade and Rosslynd Piggott for their sensitive use of glass in contemporary installation work. I am also inspired and influenced by the artists that I work with both collaboratively and along side of in the studio everyday. Debbie Symons, Ruth McCallum-Howell, Sarah Dingwall and Deirdre Hoban. Whether it be their unique style, approach to subject matter or technique in working with varied media; I am constantly encouraged by each artist’s thought provoking practice.

You can check out her current exhibition ‘Inside the realm of invisible spheres’ here.