Janet Laurence

Exploring notions of art, science, imagination, memory, and loss, Janet Laurence’s practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world through both site specific, gallery and museum works. Experimenting with and working in varying mediums, Laurence continues to create immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between all living forms.

Janet Laurence lives and works in Sydney. She has been a recipient of Rockefeller, Churchill and Australia Council Fellowships, and the Alumni Award for Arts, UNSW. Laurence was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, a former Board Member of the VAB Board of the Australia Council and is currently a Visiting Fellow NSW University.Art and Design

Laurence exhibits nationally and internationally and has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions. Her work is included in many Museum, University and Corporate collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places.

Laurence is currently working on a project for IGA Berlin 2017; The Treelines Track for Bundanon, Tasmania; The Space Between, a garden for Phoenix Project, Chippendale, Sydney; GASP, Tasmanial and is the Australian representative for the Paris Climate 2015 exhibition.

List of works

  • Elixir (2003). Wooden traditional house, screen-printed glass panels, paint, vials, plant extracts, schocu, laboratory & hand-blown glass. Site-specific installation. Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan
  • Fugitive 2012. Laboratory & hand blown glass, video projection. Animate/Inanimate, TarraWarra Museum of Art
  • In the Shadow 2000. Fog, casuarina forest, bulbrushes, resin, stainless steel, text, wands 2-9m high. Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, Sydney
  • In Memory of Nature 2010-12. Acrylic, scientific & hand blown glass, dried plants, seeds, sulphur, salt, amethyst, taxidermy owls, shellac, tulle, wood, burnt bones, oil paint, mirrors. 180 x 300 x 170cm. Collection - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Waiting - A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants 2010. Exterior and interior installation views, details transparent mesh, duraclear, mirror, oil, acrylic, glass veils, plant specimens. 500 x 300 x 300xm. 17th Biennale of Sydney, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney