ONExchange | Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sally Butler In Conversation

“Words, images and sculptures overlap as lines of verse become titles of artworks and share a ‘time travel’ conversation between artist, ancestors, and country. We, the viewers, are embraced by the exchange. Art that is so deeply invested in sharing and connecting is infectiously inclusive.”
– Sally Butler (University of Queensland), catalogue essay, 2018

On Friday, November 9 Onespace Gallery launched Elisa Jane Carmichael’s second solo exhibition, Will we swim together tomorrow through the Saltwater waves?

Will we swim together tomorrow through the Saltwater waves?
coincides with her inclusion in APT9 at QAGOMA and honours the natural elements of Quandamooka country which have formed the environment for thousands of years. Through paintings and woven mediums, Elisa Jane Carmichael reflects on visual ancestral experiences of Quandamooka Bujong Djara (Mother Earth) to share the beauty, power, and importance of Minjerribah yesterday, today and tomorrow, ngayigany, ngayiganya, ngayigawa (seen, seeing, will see).

Catalogue essay author, Sally Butler (University of Queensland) assisted in hosting a ONExchange conversation with Elisa Jane Carmichael to discuss her exhibition, new body of work and the beautiful poem that tied it all together. If you missed the conversation, listen to the audio here:


To read view the works, read the poem and find out more about her work click here.


Photos: Funky Munky