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.