About the artist

Océane Jacob is a French multidisciplinary artist and environmentalist born and raised in Hong Kong currently based in Barcelona. 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. By combining memory and scientific literature, Océane weaves passion with knowledge to design calls to action. Subjects such as overfishing, pollution, climate change and ocean acidification among others can be found throughout her practice.

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 plastic pollution, overfishing and the shark fin industry are explored respectively throughout her public sculptures Pak Kei (2020) and How the Mighty are Falling (2021) both constructed from recycled materials. Made from recycled polystyrene and industrial cement, Pak Kei draws inspiration on Hong Kong’s marine ecosystem and its relationship to the vulnerable Chinese White Dolphin population, and How the Mighty are Falling, constructed out of discarded fishing nets, sheds light on both the beauty of sharks and the vulnerability that they face with overfishing, ghost nets, and the shark fin industry.

These same subjects are also discussed 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 holds a 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.