Elisa Jane Carmichael

Present Surroundings

26 March - 24 April 2021

Onespace Gallery is pleased to present Quandamooka artist, Elisa Jane Carmichael’s latest solo show, Present Surroundings. This body of work explores nurturing country, climate change, the impacts of mining and recontextualising anthropological documentation. Carmichael will honour these themes through an exploration of a range of new mediums, including cyanotypes and photograms. The exhibition also includes a series of woven forms that highlight and share her practice as a multidisciplinary artist from Quandamooka Country.

Katina Davidson remarks on the exhibition’s significance:

Present Surroundings ventures into the past with the help of Elisa’s matrilineal ancestors. While it acknowledges the long journey of restoring cultural heritage and knowledge, it also carves its own path through innovative techniques and materials, and sets its sights on the future of her beloved island home.”

Additionally, Onespace Gallery Director, John Stafford, comments:

“Elisa Jane Carmichael’s most recent works segue so nicely between abstraction and representation – substance and illusion. As metaphor, they also say something about the solidity and continuity of cultural practice – the authentic work and skills and practice of previous generations are floating in history, intact, but not always with clear definition or recall. Such has been the substantial impact of colonisation – it has damaged clear memory and lineage but this is now starting to emerge more strongly through its reclamation by Elisa’s regenerative practice.”

Gidibila (a light) #1

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Gidibila (a light) #1, 2020
Silver Gelatin print on paper, framed, 126 x 126 x 4cm
$6500

Gidibila (a light) #2

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Gidibila (a light) #2, 2020
Silver Gelatin print on paper, framed, 126 x 126 x 4cm
$6500

When the lorikeets call

Elisa Jane Carmichael
When the lorikeets call, 2019
Ungaire, mullet scales, lorikeet feathers, merino wool, talwalpin & oyster shells, 115 x 25cm
Dillybag: 66 x 24 x 5cm, Implements: each 45 x 4 x 2cm
$4500 SOLD

 

Our endangered bernaysii

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Our endangered bernaysii, 2020
Ochre, raffia, lomandra and adhesive, 97 x 95 x 9cm
$6500 [SOLD]

To carry through #1

Elisa Jane Carmichael
To carry through #1, 2020
Cyanotype on cotton, framed, 65 x 52 x 3cm
$1750 SOLD

To carry through #2

Elisa Jane Carmichael
To carry through #2, 2020
Cyanotype on cotton, framed, 65 x 52 x 3cm
$1750 SOLD

To carry through #3

Elisa Jane Carmichael
To carry through #3, 2020
Cyanotype on cotton, framed, 65 x 52 x 3cm
$1750 SOLD

Water to reeds

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Water to reeds, 2020
Swamp reeds and talwalpin, Dimensions variable (shortest: 25 x 10cm, longest 120 x 10cm)
$3000

Woven landscapes #1

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Woven landscapes #1, 2019-20
Lomandra, ungaire, ghost net, raffia and fish scales, 39 x 9cm
$1350 SOLD

Woven landscapes #2

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Woven landscapes #2, 2019-20
Lomandra, ungaire, ghost net, raffia and fish scales, 38 x 6cm
$1350 SOLD

Woven landscapes #3

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Woven landscapes #3, 2019-20
Lomandra, pandanus, ghost net, ochre and raffia, 88 x 33.5 x 6.5cm
$1350 SOLD

Woven Landscapes #4

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Woven landscapes #4, 2019-20
Lomandra, ugaire, ghost net and raffia, 48 x 6.5cm
$1350 SOLD

Woven landscapes #5

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Woven landscapes #5, 2019-20
Lomandra, ungaire, ghost net, raffia and fish scales, 40 x 8cm
$1350 SOLD

Time laps and changes

Elisa Jane Carmichael
Time laps and changes, 2020
Talwalpin wood and inner fibre, ghost net, recycled fishing net and fish scales, 148 x 214 x 4.5cm
$9500

To Nuture

Elisa Jane Carmichael
To nuture, 2020
Eugaire shells and silk wire, 120 shells (each approx. 5 x 4cm)
$3500 SOLD