Jasmine Temple is an oil painter and bio-artist born in Northern California. Growing up in a rural area, Jasmine learned to interpret the human population as an extension of nature and to question how we treat it.

Jasmine received her BA Studio Arts and Biology from Brandeis University in 2015. There, Jasmine excelled in both fields receiving support and accolades from the university, friends, and family. Upon her graduation, Jasmine sought a position in a genetics laboratory in New York City. Recently, she began a PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at UCSD. Seeking to continue her study of humanity and biology and how those boundaries can be pushed, she began working on a bio-art initiative, the Yeast Art Project.

Jasmine explores humanity’s relationship with our more primal behaviors through distortion of the human form and our complicated connection to our environment. Her paintings are an investigation of the visual language for emotions, from pain to anger to fear. In conjunction, she places these figures or partial figures either in ambiguous spaces that forces the viewer to focus on what the figure means to describe, or in natural environments that remind us of our influences on the environment. With an interest in simplifying and abstracting the figural and spatial relationship, Jasmine combines her images of dimorphic bodies, partial limbs, and landscape.

In the Yeast Art Project, Jasmine seamlessly combines her two passions by genetically manipulating yeast cells to express pigmentation and applying a pointillism technique, Jasmine comments on the human influence on nature for the purpose of artistic endeavors. Pushing what a normal yeast cell can do, Jasmine is introducing individuals to the process of scientific exploration while creating innovative living art pieces.