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Museum of Brisbane | Acquisition and Exhibition Feature: Elisa Jane Carmichael and Lyndall Phelps

November 9, 2023

‘Rearranged: Art of the Flower’ is now open at the Museum of Brisbane which features recently acquired work by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Lyndall Phelps. The exhibition invites visitors to stroll through a lush collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics, and new media.

A selection of 30 Lyndall Phelps embroidered works from her series ‘Re-Collect’, presented in her Onespace exhibition earlier this year, will be featured in the show.  Relevant to the exhibition’s thematic, this series explores the little-known role played by women in the collecting of botanical specimens in nineteenth century Australia, and secondly, the fragility and vulnerability of the natural world.

The exhibition will also feature 42 acquired artworks from Elisa Jane Carmichael’s ‘ragi’ series. Ragi, meaning ‘bush’ in jandai language, is a series of imagery stitched together using cyanotypes, wildflowers and talwalpin (cotton tree) threads. The textile installation captures the changes of plant life in the land and sands of Quandamooka ragi, blooming with the cycles of seasons and abundance.

We extend our thanks to the Museum of Brisbane team for supporting Onespace’s artists by not only showcasing their valuable work but welcoming them into their permanent collection.

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

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