Janet Laurence’s work echoes architecture while retaining organic qualities and a sense of instability and transience. Her work occupies the liminal zones or meeting places of art, science, imagination and memory.
Profoundly aware of the interconnection of all life forms, Laurence often produces work in response to specific sites or environments using a diverse range of materials. Alchemical transformation, history and perception are underlying themes.
Fabled (Film projection Still) 2012
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Janet Laurence exhibits widely and has an impressive record of representation in important group exhibitions, including the 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992) and Australian Perspecta (1985, 1991, 1997). Following her solo exhibition in 1991 at Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, and since she was awarded an Australia Council studio residency in Tokyo in 1998, Laurence has exhibited regularly in solo ad group exhibitions in Tokyo and Nagoya. She was invited to create a permanent installation for the 2006 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in japan.
Her most recent solo exhibitions in Australia include ‘Birdsong’, Object Gallery, Sydney; ‘Janet Laurence’, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane (both 2006); and ‘Greenhouse’, Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2005). A survey exhibition of her work was held in 2005 at the aANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.
Well known for her public commissions and architectural collaborations, Janet has completed significant national and international projects, such as the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’, Austrlian War Memorial, Canberra (1993).