Between Evidence and Imagination:
A Conversation with Janet Laurence
by Paula Llull
Janet Laurence’s work takes viewers on an amazing journey through subjects as diverse as ecology, feminism, and alchemy, to name a few. Exhaustively researched, her sculptures and installations demonstrate
a deep concern for the future of our natural environment through their materials and images. In these projects, Laurence distills her philosophical readings, as well as collaborations with scientists, botanic gardens, and museums and fieldwork in natural sanctuaries across the world. Her use of different media, combined with recurrent elements such as translucent veils, cabinets, and mirrors, helps to create intimate and poetic spaces, while the museological display of objects related to the natural world and chemical/alchemical processes—stuffed animals, fragments of plants, stones, flasks, and test tubes—evokes the fascination of a Wunderkammer...see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.
Click here to read the entire article online! Elixir Bar, 2005. Traditional wooden house, screenprinted glass panel, blown-glass vials, plant extracts steeped in shochu, and laboratory glass, permanent installation at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan.