Artist Statement: Jason deCaires Taylor

My underwater sculpture installations aim to offer viewers mysterious, ephemeral encounters and fleeting glimmers of another world where art develops from the effects of nature on the efforts of man. The site-specific, works are designed on a practical level as a form of marine conservation and artificial reef, whilst subject to systems of growth and destruction, the works connect to contemporary debates of kinetics and time-based sculpture, to the impact of site and environment, and to debates centered on self-generative artworks.

I try to address social and environmental concerns, ushering into the mainstream issues relating to marine ecosystem losses and the current humanitarian crises. Placed within the Anthropocene epoch the works are an attempt to re-contextualize our relationship to the planet with an ultimate aim of changing our understanding of the submerged world and highlighting our inherent fragility within it cycles.

The works are constructed using pH neutral materials to instigate natural growth, create new habitats and attract visitors away from natural fragile marine areas. The subsequent surface changes are intended to explore the aesthetics of metamorphosis decay and rebirth.

CV Jason deCaires Taylor

Bio Jason deCaires Taylor

Website: underwatersculpture.com

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