Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
Laing’s large-scale photographic panoramas absorb the body of the viewer and invite a potent re-reading of landscape traditions. bulletproofglass #3 is a staged performance that centres on what Laing describes as “our fraught sense of belonging”. A bride somersaults, falling through the air after being shot. Black birds encircle the falling figure and there is no sign of the horizon to quell our unease or provide a sense of scale of the tragedy before us. The motif of the bride continues Laing’s fascination with romantic and nostalgic imagery. Here the bride as a symbol of purity and promise is defiled; once again virgin territory is desecrated. Laing is not the first to tackle this imagery, Arthur Boyd’s flying brides and half-caste bride series as narratives of displacement are invoked here.
Queenwood School for Girls
See Imogen Darling-Blair's Visual Arts process diary at the AGNSW website
This is a story that contrasts a young woman’s fashion-conscious existence with her daily life played out against archetypal Australian male activities – lawn mowing, cricket playing, barbecuing … . Fictitious decay achieves a strong contrast between her clothes, her background story and context. Her dreams and imagination influence the images, seen for example in the animal life going on around her. This creates a kind of magical realism, bringing the characters to life with the aid of high dramatics and bringing a serial quality to life.
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