‘Blindspot’ was exhibited in the group show ‘Secret Garden’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery in 2020. This work is a delicate early work on paper that has a molten allure. Each of the nine panels is layered with a single dried plant stalk, speaking to our broader environmental blindspot that affects the smallest stems and the greatest forests. Laurence’s practice engages strong aesthetic elements that call to attention the beauty of nature to unlock environmental action in the viewer. “I’m wanting to create a vivid memory of these things but at the same time bring an intimacy of the situation to the viewer. I believe that if you make something repellent – which my subject is – no one will engage.”
Laurence exhibits both locally and internationally and has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions including: Janet Laurence: After Nature, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2019), Entangled Garden for Plant Memory, Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art, Taiwan (2020); Negotiating This World (2012) NGV, Melbourne; 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992); The Adelaide Biennale (2008), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan (2003,) and Australian Perspecta (1985, 1991, 1997). Her major survey show ‘Janet Laurence: After Nature’ is accompanied by Chief Curator Rachel Kent’s in-depth essay on her practice so far. Major commissioned works include: The Australian War Memorial (in collaboration with TZG Architects), Hyde Park, London; Tarkine for a World in Need of Wilderness Macquarie Bank London, In the Shadow, Sydney 2000 Olympic Park; Waterveil, CH2 Building for Melbourne City Council, Elixir, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan; and Memory of Lived Spaces, T3 Terminal Changi Singapore.