Previous Exhibition

Elspeth Merriman —
RECLAMATION

Apr 8 – Apr 15, 2021

About the Artist      

Reclamation follows the cycles of death and life, collapse and renewal. It is an act of restoration, as Merriman’s work places itself as a part of this cycle of creation, breathing new life into decayed sites and objects. The beauty of these pieces is evident not just in the realism and hyper-detailed imagery, but also by capturing the inherent humanity in the way our civilization honours the natural cycles of life and death, and with these stone markers, are finally returned to a former, natural state.

Words by Felicity Andrews

About the Artist

Elspeth Merriman

Elspeth Merriman is a Brisbane-based artist working predominantly in illustration. Since finishing her studies in design with a focus on digital illustration, Merriman has since been committed to traditional methods of illustration, working with graphite, ink, and synthetic polymer to better command an audience and communicate narrative. The ability to communicate an emotive narrative through intricate rendering remains consistent throughout her body of work, with the strongly defined, black-and-grey illustrative style she has become known for.

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.