For their first exhibition in 2020, the Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art in Taiwan presented a solo show of new works by JANET LAURENCE, staged as a garden bridging art and science across all three galleries. ‘Entangled Garden for Plant Memory’ included installations of suspended glass and plant matter, photographic and video works, seeds, specimens, ore, soil and objects from the historical botanical collection from the National University of Taipei. ⠀
The award-winning architecture of the museum building is nestled in the mountainous region and inspired by the concept of traditional Chinese gardens. Concrete walls, ponds and terraces are in dialogue with natural light, clouds and greenery, making this space a thoughtful setting for Janet’s exploration of the plight and restoration of nature.
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.