Janet Laurence

The Alchemical Afterlife
Wednesday 7 March 
1–2pm Cell Block Theatre 

Leading contemporary artist Janet Laurence presents the National Art School’s first Art Forum lecture for 2018. Laurence is renowned for her public artworks and site-specific installations that extend from museums and galleries to the landscape and urban domains. Profoundly engaged with environmental concerns and sustainability, her work explores notions of art, science, history, transformation, memory and loss. Laurence works in a range of media to create immersive environments which examine our conflicting relationships, physical and cultural, to the natural world. Her installation The matter of the masters was exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW in the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum exhibition (11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018).


Other significant projects she discusses in her lecture include H2O Water Bar (2016), a site-specific installation for the City of Sydney’s Art & About at the Paddington Water Reservoir; Deep Breathing: Resuscitation for the Reef, for the Paris Climate Change Conference (2015) and the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair (2015), followed by the installation Deep Breathing at the Australian Museum, Sydney (2016). She is currently Visiting Fellow at the Hanse-WissenschaftKolleg (HWK) foundation in Bremen, Germany; her project for Bundanon Trust The Treelines Track is ongoing, and last year she was awarded a commission with The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne (2017).

Image: Janet Laurence, The matter of the masters 2017, installation view, Art Gallery of New South Wales. Image courtesy and © the artist, 2018