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Janet Laurence

(Australia 1949 – )

Title
The memory of nature
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
2010
Media category
Installation
Materials used
acrylic, scientific glass, dried plants, seeds, sulphur, salt, amethyst, taxidermied owls, shellac, tulle, wood, burnt bones, hand bones, hand-blown glass, oil paint, mirrors
Dimensions

180.5 x 300.5 x 170.3 cm overall

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Contempo Group and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors with the generous assistance of Geoff Ainsworth AM, Peter Braithwaite, Sally Breen, Andrew & Cathy Cameron, Ginny & Leslie Green, Michael Hobbs, Ray Wilson OAM 2012
Accession number
125.2012.a-cc
Copyright
© Janet Laurence
Location
Not on display
Further information

Janet Laurence’s sculptural installations address the fragility of natural environments and questions of sustainability. Her works emphasise states of transformation as well as cycles of life and death, typically mingling organic matter and scientific instruments with references to museum modes of display.

'The memory of nature' includes materials reprised from an earlier work by Laurence titled 'Waiting: a medicinal garden for ailing plants', which was installed in the Royal Botanical Gardens for the 2010 Biennale of Sydney. Assuming the form of a makeshift glasshouse, 'Waiting' functioned as an ‘intensive care unit’ for sick plants that evoked a state of environmental crisis. In stark contrast, 'The memory of nature' presents to viewers the aftermath of that effort, situating the carefully preserved remains of now-dead plants alongside other objects such as taxidermied owls and burnt bones. Evoking the form of both museum vitrines and historical monuments, the work stands as a memorial to nature now lost.

Bibliography (12)

Jane Devery (extract from essay for Clemenger Prize NGV 2009., In Memory of Nature: Janet Laurence, 'Foreword' by Sharni Lloyd; 'Janet Laurence', Coffs Harbour, 2011, cover (colour illus., detail), i (colour illus.), iii (colour illus., detail). Not paginated

Fiona Barbouttis, Foundation Newsletter #24, 'CCB comes of age', pg. 6-7, Sydney, Jul 2014, 6, 7 (colour illus.).

Felicity Fenner, Art in America: international review, 'Biennial: so far away, and yet so near', pg. 45-50, New York, Sep 2010, 45 (colour illus.), 48. Note: article refers to ‘WAITING- A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, an earlier version of the work included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010.

Felicity Fenner, Art & Australia, 'A hospital for plants: The healing art of Janet Laurence', pg. 64-67, Paddington, 2010, 66 (colour illus., detail), 67 (colour illus., detail). Note: article refers to ‘WAITING- A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, an earlier version of the work included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010.

Sue Gardiner, Art news New Zealand, 'Ministering to a fragile planet', pg. 84-89, Auckland, Spring 2010, 84 (colour illus.). Note: article refers to ‘WAITING- A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, an earlier version of the work included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery (Editor), Janet Laurence: in memory of nature + Sue Healey: reading the body, 'Janet Laurence: In Memory of Nature 11 August – 9 October 2011', Port Macquarie, 2011, (illus., detail). Not paginated

Janet McKenzie., Studio International, 'A letter from Sydney: July 2010'; 'II. Janet Laurence: Waiting - A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants.', United Kingdom, Jul 2010, (colour illus., detail). Note: article refers to ‘WAITING- A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, an earlier version of the work included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010; viewed 26th June 2012, http://www.studio-international.co.uk/reports/letter-from-sydney-2010.asp; not paginated

Dolla S. Merrillees, Janet Laurence: After Eden / Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 'An interview with Janet Laurence', pg. 73-105, Paddington, 2012, 102 (colour illus., detail), 103 (colour illus., detail), 104 (colour illus.), 105 (colour illus., detail).

Ingrid Periz, Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, 'Waiting: A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants', pg. 73-79, Autumn 2011, 73 (colour illus.), 74, 75 (colour illus. detail), 76, 77 (colour illus., detail), 78 (colour illus.), 79. Note: article refers to ‘WAITING- A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’, an earlier version of the work included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 2010; viewed 27th June 2012 http://www.antennae.org.uk/ANTENNAE%20ISSUE%2018.docx.pdf

Ingrid Periz., What can a garden be?, 'Janet Laurence: what makes a garden?', Sydney, Sep 2010, cover (colour illus.). Not paginated

Jill Sykes, Look, 'The Memory of Nature: Contempo helps to buy a new AGNSW acquisition', pg. 16-17, Newtown, Aug 2012, cover (colour illus., detail), 11 (colour illus.),16 , (colour illus.), 17 (colour illus., detail). pg. 17 features three colour illustration details.

Wayne Tunnicliffe and Deborah Edwards, Look, 'New Australia', pg. 24-27, Newtown, May 2012, 26.

Exhibition history (2)

What can a garden be?, Breenspace, Sydney, 23 Sep 2010–06 Nov 2010

Janet Laurence: In Memory of Nature, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 11 Aug 2011–09 Oct 2011