Rosemary Laing

Scrub #5, 2003
Type C photograph
1 from an edition of 12
80 x 55 cm (image)
signed, dated, inscribed with title and edition number ‘Rosemary Laing/scrub #5/ 1/12/ 2003’(on the reverse)

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Private collection, New South Wales

  • Scrub #5

Image courtesy of Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and the artist

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Originally trained as a painter, Laing constructs zones of nature and artifice, rendering the scenes photographically to create images that reflect on humankind's complex relationship to the natural environment. Internationally recognised as one of Australia's leading contemporary photo-based artists, Laing is the subject of a new monograph published by Prestel, New York in 2012. Written by Abigail Solomon-Godeau, the book offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's career-long exploration and reinvention of landscape photography.

Rosemary Laing was born in Brisbane in 1959, but has lived in Sydney for the past few decades. She has participated in various international biennials, including the Biennale of Sydney in 2008; Venice Biennale in 2007; Busan Biennale in 2004 and, the Istanbul Biennial in 1995. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney staged a major survey of her work in 2005, and a year later the show travelled to Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense in Denmark. She has received several awards and grants, including the 1999 National Photographic Award and several Faculty Research Grants from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales where she was a lecturer for a number of years. Rosemary Laing is represented in Australia by Tolarno Galleries and in New York by Galerie Lelong. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections in Australia and internationally. Rosemary Laing is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.