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2023 Acquisition — Museum of Brisbane

December 12, 2023

Resulting from their participation in the current exhibition ‘Rearranged: Art of the Flower’ at the Museum of Brisbane, works by represented artist Elisa Jane Carmichael and associate artist Lyndall Phelps have been acquired by the museum.

The acquisition includes a selection of 30 embroidered works from Lyndall’s ‘Re-Collect’ series. Initially showcased in her exhibition, ‘The Secret Life of Objects,’ held in February of this year, this series delves into the lesser-known role women played in collecting botanical specimens during the nineteenth century in Australia.

Marking a Onespace record for the most significant number of artworks procured in a single acquisition, the Museum of Brisbane has obtained 42 pieces from Elisa Jane Carmichael’s ‘ragi’ series. This textile installation collectively portrays the evolving narrative of plant life within the Quandamooka ragi, vividly capturing the cyclical changes across seasons and the land’s abundance.

Image: Lyndall Phelps, Re-collect 1- 69, 2022 – 2023. Photo: Jaka Adamic. Image courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

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