JANET LAURENCE, The Memory of Living Nature, 2010-12 is currently a Featured Work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The work utilizes the idea of natural history museums, which have always used dead specimens to explain the living. Here, the dried plants, stuffed birds, burnt bones and minerals act not only as a memorial to lost nature but also a warning regarding the fragility of our environment. While the scientific instruments recall botanical science, the see-through structures play on the idea of a glasshouse as well as museum display cases
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