Elisa Jane Carmichael is a Ngugi woman from Quandamooka Country (Moreton/Moorgumpin and Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, Queensland) who creates across a breadth of media, including painting, weaving, textile design and fashion using acrylic paints, natural fibres, found and synthetic materials.
In July 2017, Onespace Gallery presented Elisa’s solo exhibition Connecting Waves: a saltwater woman living on desert country featuring woven and painted works inspired by the stories of her connection to the sand, sea and home Country from her Gilimbaa Artist in Residence in Alice Springs. Connecting Waves was featured in the 2017 Quandamooka Festival’s program and the exhibition was officially opened by special guest speaker Festival Curator, Avril Quaill. Elisa’s woven and sculptural fabrics were concurrently exhibited at the 2017 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (14-16 July) in the Wandan Fashion Performance.
Elisa is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her practice visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage. Elisa is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art in a Bachelor of Fine Art and completed her Masters of Fine Art in Fashion by Research at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Her practice traverses across a range of mediums which has seen her creative works and collaborations exhibited nationally in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and internationally in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and India. Elisa has presented her university research at Oxford University, United Kingdom and has assisted internationally acclaimed artists. Her work has been published in national and international publications, whilst she has also facilitated arts workshops globally. Her artwork is held in numerous collections including: Queensland Museum; Sunshine Coast University; Redland Art Gallery; Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation; and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Elisa Jane Carmichael Quandamooka Women, 2017 Yunngaire and seagrass, 130 x 40cm. Photo: Louis Lim
Elisa Jane Carmichael Carrying home #2 (desert), 2017 Digital print on rag pearl paper (unframed) Editions in A1 (59.4 x 84.1cm) and A2 (42 x 59.4cm) available. Photo: Jasper Coleman
Elisa Jane Carmichael For Mum, 2017 Yunngaire and human hair (My Mum's [Sonja], my sister's [Freja] and mine), 7 x 37cm diameter. Photo: Louis Lim