The ongoing concerns of Janet Laurence – explorations of space, engagement with the natural through a construction of the artificial, the development of ‘museum’ sites, and an elegant negotiation of scientific and natural history motifs – are all apparent in her Glasshouse works. These works belong to a larger collection of engagements with the glasshouse theme capturing a tantalising sense of what the whole may become.
Laurence’s works offer a slow and immersive engagement with natural ecologies through materials as diverse as glass, living plant matter, video, pigments, museum archives, and taxidermy specimens. Laurence’s work is dependent upon decades of research, which helps her construct poetic encounters with biophilia that reflect on science, wonder, and environmental loss.
Laurence’s work addresses our relationship to nature through both site specific and gallery works. Her practice often incorporates organic qualities and a sense of transience, vividly communicating the importance and urgency of caring for threatened environments. In her recent work, Laurence observes the fast-falling avalanche of disasters being actioned by man upon the planet on top of accelerating climate change.