Salt water flowers enliven the Green

The Village Green at Wellington Point, Redland City has come alive in time for the holiday period, with a colourful mural commissioned by local artist Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael titled we are here. It depicts the vibrant plants and flowers that are native to Quandamooka Country which is part of the Redlands.

Division 1 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary (Wellington Point, Ormiston) said the artwork would add extra vibrancy to the Village and it was fitting the current project had strong local influence.

“Elisa – or Leecee as many know her – grew up at Wellington Point and her work is particularly inspired by local plants native to the area,’’ Cr Boglary said. “This mural adds a connection to country, colour and another dimension to strengthening our community. It builds on my vision for this area as a welcoming community gathering space.

Leecee, who belongs to the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, is passionate about nurturing and preserving her strong connection to the sand and sea, Yoolooburrabee. Her practice visually explores the beauty of nature and surrounding environment, drawing inspiration from her cultural identity and heritage. While her work is abstract in execution and bold in its use of colour, its patterns and shades often reflect natural connections, such as dark purple tones for the night sky, blue for the Bay, and yellow for the beach sand.

Leecee’s flora-influenced paintings seem a logical choice to complement the Village Green, where a ‘greening effect’ is underway through a low-key bush tucker garden. The Minjerribah and Moorgumpin peoples’ names of these plants are Midyim, tal-wal-pin, bubbracowie, bungwall and winnem, which are commonly known as Midyim, cotton tree, pigface, swamp water fern, and pandanus, respectively.

The artist’s interest in translating her work to fabric application and fashion interpretation also suggests her work’s adaptability to large flat walls, such as those at the rear of this park, which helps to give a village feel to this area.

Leecee holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion by Research at the Queensland University of Technology. She has also recently completed commissions for the Brisbane City Council’s Black History Month MAIWAR Project (July 2016) [FC1] and has just finished working as an assistant to Judy Watson and UAP for Judy’s recently launched tow-row public art sculptural commission that recognises the 10th anniversary of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

Leecee Carmichael and CREATIVEMOVE would like to sincerely thank: Redland City Council, Deputy Mayor Cr Wendy Boglary who has championed the mural commission; Creative Arts Redlands staff Zane Trow, Stephanie Lindquist and their teams; artist Matthew Newkirk for overseeing the mural’s development and progress; and Freja Carmichael and Steve Falco for their assistance in completing the mural.

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Freya Carmichael, Matthew Newkirk, and Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, we are here , 2016. Photo: Matthew Newkirk