Elisa 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. Elisa comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve knowledge and cultural practices.
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 works and sculptural fabrics have been highlight exhibits at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in 2017 and 2018.
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 has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Queensland College of Art and a Masters of Fine Art, Queensland University of Technology. 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, 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. 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.
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