Janet Laurence

Plants Eye View (in the Tarkine, Tasmania), 2013

duraclear, acrylic, dibond mirror

120 x 120cm

From the artist

In this work the Tarkine is depicted on a micro scale; one of close concentration and proximity that denotes tenderness and intimacy, and makes visible an almost secret place. My concern for this pristine environment and the threat that humans pose to it brings a sense of pathos for me. Notions of fragility, loss and undoing, are presented on a scale of intimate catastrophe. The Tarkine is an Antipodean Eden. For me the veil is the space between perception and memory. Still space, slow space. A dissolving membrane, a hesitation. A way of looking within the world rather than at it.

Judges Comments

The work picks up on the 19th century fascination with botanical specimens, and at times the exotic nature of vegetation. Her work references early daguerreotypes and stereoscopic imagery, achieved through her use of the diptych format and mirrored, reflective surfaces. The result is a truly romantic, poetic work that through this alchemy of content and construction – and with its reflective surfaces – engages the viewer directly. It is as though we enter right into the landscape and become "one with nature". It thus becomes almost a real environment and we share the artist's delight in examining the microscopic details of the vegetation in the Tarkine.

Judges: Dr Frances Lindsay, Dr Peter Hill, and Jasmin Stephens

Artist background

Born in Sydney 1947 where she lives and works. Exhibiting since 1980s including solo shows at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie 2011; bildkultur galerie, Stüttgart, Germany 2007; ANU Drill Hall Gallery Canberra 2005; & Ian Potter Museum Art, University of Melbourne 2000. Group shows include "Negotiating This World" NGV 2012; 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010; "In Balance", MCA Sydney 2010 & Adelaide Biennale 2008.

Represented by Arc One Gallery, Melbourne