Rosemary Laing

brumby mound #6, 2003
Type C photograph, number 10 from an edition of 12
128 x 243 cm (image)
signed and dated (on the reverse)


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Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

Another from the edition is illustrated in
V Webb, The unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2005, illus. p.61
Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Rosemary Laing, Piper Press, Sydney, 2012, illus. p.127

In brumby mound #6 'the red soil of the land of this area covers the forms of the mass-produced modernist furniture. Unlike the antique bridal dress and retro carpet designs featured in other series, these familiar shapes are devoid of ornament, instead taking on the identity and skin of the land as though encrusted with sediment over time. It is particularly telling to have these generic 'international style' lounge room objects with tendencies towards amnesia, located within such a specific location and environment which has seen millennia of Indigenous history and the more recent period of colonisation and dispossession. The furniture is poignantly arranged in relation to the desert landscape as though camouflaged and seeking integration amongst the Spinifex mounds or amassed in a funeral pyre' (V Webb, the unquiet landscapes of Rosemary Laing, Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, 2005,  p.13)

  • brumby mound #6

Image courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Rosemary Laing is a photo-based artist with a painter’s eye. Her highly detailed, intentional compositions meditate upon humankind’s complicated relationship to the natural environment. The resulting images combine a sublime appreciation of the distinct Australian landscape with highly choreographed human interventions that she integrates within nature in what amounts, in essence, to a transient form of land art.

Born in 1959 in Brisbane, Laing has been working and exhibiting since the 1980s. She trained as a painter in the late-1970s before turning to photography, which was at first just a form of reference material. Laing rose to prominence with her flight research (1999) and Bulletproof glass (2002) series of floating brides, images that defy reason in their composition and surreal quality, especially since they were shot without the assistance of digital composition.

In 2017-18, Laing was the subject of a major survey of her work from the last three decades at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria. In 2015, two of her photographic series – greenwork (1995) and brownwork (1996-97) – were shown in full in Rosemary Laing: transportation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. An earlier major survey, The Unquiet Landscapes of Rosemary Laing, was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 2005, touring in 2006 to Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark. She has participated in multiple biennials, including the Biennale of Sydney (2008); the Venice Biennale (2007); the Busan Biennale (2004); and the Istanbul Biennale (1995).

In 2019, Laing received the Overseas Photographer Award at the 35th Higashikawa Awards, Hokkaido, Japan, in career recognition of photographic achievements such as weather (2006); leak (2010) and Buddens (2017). A monograph on Laing’s work was published by Prestel, New York, in 2012, written by Abigail Solomon-Godeau.