Janet Laurence, born in 1947 in Sydney, Australia, lives and works in Sydney

Artfacts (04/2016) : 4880

2015 Janet Laurence – Inside the flower – IGA, Berlin, Germany

2012 Janet Laurence – After Eden – Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation – SCAF, Sydney, Australia

Public Collections (selection) : National Gallery of Australia , Canberra, Australia, Museum Kunstwerk, Eberdingen, Germany, Elixir, permanent installation for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan

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Janet Laurence during the visit of the collections at Museum National d’Histoire Naturel, Paris, May 2015  © entreprise contemporaine 2015





Janet Laurence has been at the forefront in Australian art in addressing our relationship to the natural world, with on-going themes of fragility, loss and the potential for healing. Working with science imagination, memory, and loss, Janet Laurence’s practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world, creating immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between life forms. The artist explores what it might mean to heal, albeit metaphorically, the natural environment, fusing this sense of communal loss with a search for connection with powerful life forces.

She is a graduate of College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney


Deep Breathing – Resuscitation for the Reef

 (project detail) © Janet Laurence 2015




150610_mnhn_1Project : Deep Breathing – Resuscitation for the Reef, 16 October to 14 December 2015, MNHN Paris

Creating the imaginative possibility for healing our marine world from consequences of global warming and human activity, with a focus on the symbol of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef: this space represents a resuscitation unit, and reveals both the plight and suggests action.

From FIAC to COP21, this installation will be presented at the entrance of Grande Galerie de l’Evolution at Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, which has loaned specimens for its realization. A video will also be projected at the Tropical Aquarium of Palais de la Porte Dorée. The Australian Museum, which has also loaned specimens for the piece, will exhibit the work in 2016, and allowed the artist to visit its Lizard Island station in July 2015, where vital research for the future of corals are on going.


Deep Breathing – Resuscitation for the Reef  (installation overview, Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris)

© Janet Laurence 2015


With the support of:

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Lansdowne Foundation, Purves Environmental, Fund Andrew & Cathy Cameron, Simon & Catriona Mordant, Bill Manos, Geoff Ainsworth, Gene and Brian Sherman, Julia Champtaloup, Andrew Rothery


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FIAC 2015


13/01/2016 / Aquarium Tropical / Wishes from Ms Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and Sea, President of COP21

02/12/2015 / Le Monde: la COP21 versant artistique (Emmanuelle Jardonnet)

30/11/2015 / ABC: Artists 4 Paris Climate: Janet Laurence (Michael Cathcart)

22/10/2015 / Le Monde: la FIAC, un long fleuve d’art intranquille (Emmanuelle Lequeux, Philippe Dagen, Harry Bellet)

16/10/2015 / A Magazine: Janet Laurence – Deep Breathing (Julia Champtaloup)

15/09/2015 / Sydney Morning Herald: Janet Laurence brings fragility of the Great Barrier Reef to Paris climate talks (Andrew Taylor)