Artist: Janet Laurence
Title: After Eden Series: The Other Face of Nature 作品名称：伊甸园后 系列之 自然的另面
Material: Video x Installation 材质：视频装置作品
Video, 9’18’’ audio visual editing by Gary Warner 视频9分18秒，声音/视觉由Gary Warner编辑
Installation, tulle, mirror 装置作品，绢网纱布，镜子
"I realised we still have a life that is strongly entwined with our natural environment. I wanted to bring that out in my work, so I made a conscious decision to make work which was about relating to our environment."
Janet Laurence was born in 1947 in Sydney. Having studied in Australia, Italy and the US, she is now based in Sydney – a full-time artist and Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Her work examines the connections between life forms and ecologies, observing the impact that humans have on the natural world. Her practice often incorporates liminal, immersive and organic qualities, conjuring instances where imagination, memory, art and science can combine. Laurence’s work has been widely collected and exhibited internationally.
The installation Panda is part of the broader project After Eden – which is particular relevance for ACAF’s work and collaboration in Chengdu. In order to create the piece, Janet spent some weeks at the Chengdu Panda Base, secretly filming the animals in a bid to represent not only environmental damage, but the efforts being made to preserve species. For the art installation, the footage will be printed in negative for an iridescent, unreal effect. Panda is thus a piece in which artistic and ecological concerns converge, and in tandem with pioneering artistic exchange between China and Australia.