About The Artist
Océane Jacob is a French multidisciplinary artist and environmentalist born and raised in Hong Kong currently based in Paris. Through the constant theme of “In Deep Water” – both in its literal and figurative meaning – Océane dedicates her work to highlighting the world’s wonderful but vulnerable ecosystems in the face of the current climate crisis.
Océane sheds light on the fragility of Mother Nature and examines the important ecological and sociopolitical challenges that the contemporary world faces in engaging and provocative ways through the use of sculpture, painting, marine photography and site specific-installations. Subjects such as overfishing, deforestation, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification among others can be found throughout her artwork.
Océane has two site-specific installations permanently planted underwater: Left Among the Few (2020) is a growing sculptural coral sanctuary located in Koh Kood, Thailand, and Coral Bleaching Memorial (2017) is an aluminium sculpture dedicated to corals lost due to coral bleaching located in Malapascua, Philippines. Both installations invite snorkelers and divers alike to contemplate the fundamental importance corals hold in their ecosystems and the vulnerability they face due to ocean acidification and the rise of global temperatures.
Subjects such as overfishing, the shark fin industry, and plastic pollution are explored respectively throughout her sculptures Last Generation (2018), In the Name of Tradition (2018) and Turtle (2017). Océane chooses to dedicate her marine photography and paintings to the beauty that lies hidden in the underwater world – thereby bringing to the surface colorful creatures and critters that few have the chance to witness for themselves.
Océane is passionate about the underwater world and the ecosystems that depend on it, a calling she answered by becoming a PADI Dive Master. She frequently travels the four corners of the world to better understand and document society, culture, nature and their relations to one another. Some notable travels have included Vanua Levu (Fiji), Raja Ampat and Lembeh Strait (Indonesia), Pyongyang (North Korea), and Muscat (Oman).
Océane holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has had her work included in juried and solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. Her work is held in private collections throughout Europe, Asia and North America.