‘Marie Antoinette Arbour’ was exhibited in the group show ‘Secret Garden’ at Dominik Mersch Gallery in 2020. This work provides a voyeuristic view amongst the lofty clouds peering down over a dry lake, ‘Lake Eyre’. This view from above is not unfamiliar to Janet, who had worked briefly as a ‘Flying Artist’, following her return from Europe. She has made countless aerial sketches on the flights in and out, observing the intense beauty and fragility of the land, and “how badly we had dealt with it” through land clearing, intensive farming and the introduction of European livestock.
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.