brownwork #7, from the series brownwork
Rosemary Laing is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Born in Brisbane in 1959, Laing has a Diploma of Art Education from Brisbane College of Advanced Education (1976-79), a Diploma of Art from Tasmanian School of Art (1982) and a Post Graduate Diploma from Sydney College of the Arts (1990-1). In 1996 she completed with first class honours a Masters of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
Laing's work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Solo exhibitions include 'Natural Disasters' in Sydney 1988 and Brisbane 1989; 'from Paradise work' in Canberra 1990, Sydney 1990, Melbourne 1991, Adelaide 1991 and Brisbane 1992; 'greenwork' in Sydney 1995; and 'brownwork' in Melbourne 1997 and Sydney 1998; 'aero-zone' in Japan, Melbourne 1999 and Perth 2000.
Laing has exhibited her work extensively in group exhibitions since the 1980s including those in New York 1986; Korea 1992; Hong Kong 1993, 1995; and Sydney.
Awards include grants from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 1997; Faculty Research Grants from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. Laing's work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
In brownwork Laing turns her attention to the structures that facilitate air travel. Photographing empty airfreight containers and cargo in transit from above, she examines the industrial and in-between spaces where flight occurs. The processes and machinery that make travel possible are often obscured by the mask of technological efficiency, but here Laing exposes them.
Through travel we transcend the boundaries of time and space; far flung destinations become adjacent neighbours and time folds back on itself. Revealing the labour and resources involved from unfamiliar vantage points, Laing dramatises the mechanics of this transitory state.
type C photograph
122.0 x 262.0 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner verso, pencil ".../ 1997 Rosemary Laing .../".
Not on display
© Rosemary Laing