JANET LAURENCE has been invited to be the Australian representative to create a site-specific artwork as part of a curated exhibition alongside the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference/COP21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The work Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef) will commence in July and creates the imaginative possibility for healing our marine world, with a focus on the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef (GBR), revealing its plight and beauty. With use of various materials, Laurence will create a site-specific installation, which will take the form of a multi-layered vitrine, much like a Wunderkammer, enclosing photos, videos, sculptural objects, natural materials and borrowed specimens.
In reference to this project, Laurence states the following:
“We are at a point where art is able to enter an essential dialogue of environmental politics and help to create and communicate an understanding of our global inter-connection and vital relationship to the natural world. Art makes visible what is otherwise invisible.”
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Image: Janet Laurence, Stranded, 2012, glass, acrylic, Duraclear, oil, pigments and video