Articles and Catalogues
- After Eden (exhibition catalogue)
- Antennae – A medicinal garden for ailing plants
- Antennae – The disappearing act
- Art & Australia – A hospital for plants
- Art & Australia – Immersion and distraction
- Art Collector Magazine
- Art World
- Broadsheet- After Nature
- EcoPlasties – Art et Environnement
- Eden and the Apple of Sodom
- Ferment (exhibitoin catalogue)
- Habitas – The Art of Reflection
- In Memory of Nature (exhibition catalogue)
- In The Balance – MCA
- Naturestruck (exhibition catalogue)
- NGV Clemenger (exhibtion catalogue)
- Object Magazine Issue 63
- Plants Eye View (exhibition catalogue)
- Sculpture Magazine
- The Alchemical Garden of Desire (exhibition catalogue)
- The Australian- Force of Nature
- The Ferment (exhibition catalogue)
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. Working in varying mediums, Laurence creates immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between life world.
Her work explores what it might mean to heal, albeit metaphorically, the natural environment, fusing this sense of communal loss with a search for connection with powerful life-forces. Laurence’s work alerts us to the subtle dependencies between water, life, culture and nature in our eco-system. In the face of this, we do yearn for a form of alchemy, for the power of enchantment and transformation. Her work reminds us that art can provoke its audience into a renewed awareness about our environment.
Laurence 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 was Visiting Fellow at the NSW University Art and Design.
Laurence was the Australian representative for the COP21/FIAC, Artists 4 Paris Climate 2015 Exhibition, exhibiting a major work – Deep Breathing: Resuscitation for the Reef – at the Muséum National D’Historie Naturelle, in Paris, France.
Laurence is currently a visiting fellow of the 2016/2017 Hanse-WissenschaftKolleg (HWK) foundation fellowship.
Laurence’s work is included in many Museum, University and Corporate collections as well as within architectural and landscaped public places, worldwide.