Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2019

12 July – 14 July 2019

Onespace Gallery is excited to return to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (10-14 July) in for the 10th year anniversary. In 2019, we will be proudly representing new work by Elisa Jane Carmichael alongside newly represented, emerging artist Tamika Grant-Iramu.

Elisa Jane Carmichael is a Ngugi woman from Quandamooka Country (Moreton Island/Moorgumpin and Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah, Queensland). Her practice honours her cultural heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, utilising traditional techniques and expressing contemporary adaptations, through the mediums of painting, weaving and textiles. Her work has been published in national and international publications, whilst she has also facilitated arts workshops globally. Her work is held in private and public collections including: Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Queensland Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Redlands Art Gallery, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation and Sunshine Coast University.

Tamika Grant-Iramu was born and raised in Brisbane, Tamika graduated from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017, majoring in Interdisciplinary Print Media. Tamika continues to build her body of work with a focus on Torres Strait Islander printmaking techniques and storytelling aesthetics. Her work shot to prominence in 2018 as one of the finalists for the prestigious 2018 ‘Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards’ (NATSIAA).  Grant-Iramu was selected among the 66 works drawn from 308 entries to be unveiled in the NATSIAA exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

From these observations and through a strong print aesthetic, she creates a diverse range of organic patterns and forms. The physicality of carving linocut not only allows her to realise these artworks, it has also revealed a distinct connection to her Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Exhibition Image: Elisa Jane Carmichael, Alive, Ungaire, lomandra, pandanus, fish scales, shells, discarded sea rope, raffia, synthetic fibres, fishing net and metal, 140cm x 58cm x 8cmPhoto: Louis Lim.