‘Tarkine’ is a lush two-panel work that vividly communicates the importance and urgency of caring for threatened environments. An entrancing photograph taken while Laurence was on residency in the Tarkine Rainforest with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy has been dye-sublimated onto aluminium to give the work a luminous quality. This has been paired with a translucent acrylic panel presenting a close-up image of ferns unfurling. Laurence’s work is grounded in extensive research that promotes the power and resilience of ferns and other rainforest plants.
Janet Laurence was the Australian representative at United Nation’s Artists 4 Paris Climate 2015, in which she brought international attention to the fragility of Australia’s World Heritage Great Barrier Reef through her multi-media work ‘Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef)’.
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.