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Elisa Jane Carmichael in Indigenous Ceramic Award at SAM 2022

February 6, 2023

We are thrilled to see the inclusion of Elisa Jane Carmichael in the ‘Indigenous Ceramic Award’ (ICA) at the Shepparton Art Museum. Exhibiting until 4 December, The ICA is a celebration of enduring connections, ongoing interpretations of the unique and diverse expressions of First Peoples’ identities through clay.

Primarily known for her skills in weaving and cyanotype making, it is a delight to see Carmichael delve into the materiality of clay. The artist describes the ceramic vessels and adornments exhibited in ICA:

“Using my hands to work and weave with clay is another way for me to sit quietly, reflecting and connecting with our Ancestors hands. I draw parallels between the weaving technique of coiling and hand building with clay coils. Both techniques take the form of a continuous circle, growing outward from a spiral… I have drawn from Quandamooka weaving with reeds to turn something ephemeral into a material that is long standing as a way of archiving our cultural practices for years to come.”

Photography: Louis Lim. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

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