Elisa Jane Carmichael belongs to the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah, North
Stradbroke Island and is very passionate about nurturing and preserving her
strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her current practice
visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing
inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage.
Elisa has exhibited as an artist nationally and internationally after working in London, New York and India.
In 2014 she did her first fashion collaboration with fashion designer, Roopa Pemmaraju. This project took Elisa to India for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. She was sponsored by the Australian High Commission to attend the event. Whilst in India, Elisa conducted a children’s art work shop to celebrate International Day of the girl child with the Australian ambassador for women and children.
Elisa’s first solo collection was displayed in United Kingdom’s leading fashion designer, Paul Smith’s store at Heathrow Airport, London, 2012. She has also exhibited in the London 02 arena, various spaces throughout East London and was chosen to perform for New York Feminist artist, Emily Roysdon’s live performance; I am a helicopter camera queen at the Tate Modern Gallery.
Elisa is currently apart of Sir Paul Smith’s personal exhibition collection ‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith’ which is on world tour for the next five years. The exhibition opened in November 2013 at The London Museum of Design. Her artwork is also published in the USA Rizzoli publication, ‘Hello My Name is Paul Smith.’
Elisa Was a national finalist in the Onesight Indigenous Special Edition Wayfarer competition in 2014. This saw her art work displayed at the Australian Museum, Indigenous Art Galleries in Sydney alongside the other completion finalists.
Elisa has sold her artwork to the State Library of Queensland for the branding of the Our Dreaming, animating country exhibition and also to Education Queensland for branding of the National Curriculum.
Elisa continues to work and exhibit throughout her hometown, Brisbane. Her work has also been displayed in Paul Smith’s store in Melbourne and the Tali Art Gallery in Sydney. She was chosen to participate in an Artist Camp coordinated by Judy Watson and the Gold Coast Arts Centre and has also completed an artist in residence program with the University of Queensland. Elisa has coordinated children’s workshops with kindergartens, the Queensland Museum, the Redlands Art Gallery and is now working with the State Library of Queensland as the exhibitions support for kuril dhagun.
Image: Acacia Aulacocarpa (Wattle) #2, 2012
For more information please visit the – Artist Website