Giving the Ocean a Face: An Exploration of Jason deCaires Taylor’s Submerged Museums
Author/researcher: Molly Williams Supervisor: Dr Stephanie O’Rourke
School of Art History
I am looking into how broad themes of art, climate activism, and science intersect within the works of Jason deCaires Taylor. His work is uniquely successful at displacing the tightly held anthropocentric focus that is often present in environmental art because his sunken sculptures also provide a habitable base for reef life to flourish. My main foci for the project include the fluctuating perceptions of the ocean within art historical thought, the use of the reef as both a medium and a collaborator, and the phenomenological impact of scuba diving on the viewing experience.