CARLA MCRAE

miffy & friends


Group exhibition, 2020 — 2021


The first major exhibition of Dick Bruna's work in Australia alongside seven contemporary Australian artists.


miffy & friends was a travelling exhibition curated by Vanessa Van Ooyen of QUT Art Museum.

QUT Art Museum : 21 November 2020 - 14 March 2021
Bunjil Place Gallery : 27 March - 13 June, 2021

miffy & friends pairs original Dick Bruna drawings and illustrations with early book covers and posters, through to the iconic figure of Miffy. The exhibition celebrates Bruna's underlying philosophy of allowing room for the imagination, and introduces the influence of Miffy on the work of seven contemporary Australian artists. It teases out concepts that Bruna and other artists have grappled with over the ages, including colour, line and form, and brings these ideas to audiences to instill a love of art, as Bruna did over his lifetime.

Featuring Dick Bruna, Stephen Bird, Sadie Chandler, Nadia Hernández, Carla McRae, Nell, Brian Robinson, and Vipoo Srivilasa.
In ‘Dick Bruna’s shelf’, Carla McRae has created a homage to Dick Bruna by interpreting his Utrecht studio and objects that she encountered on a visit there in 2018. It is her memories of the experience that install a sense of reverence to Bruna. McRae elevates the seemingly mundane tools of his trade — a typewriter, sticky tape, pencils and paint brushes, distilling them in their simplest form.

Drawing upon the De Stijl movement that informed Bruna's practice, McRae works across disciplines and materials to highlight the philosophical objectives of the style. De Stijl proposed a world where function and beauty could co-exist, and where hierarchies between arts disciplines would fall away. Dick Bruna's shelf, while illustrative and joyful, embeds the ideas of a more equitable world, where disciplines meet and co-exist. —
QUT Art Museum


See more: virtual tour of the exhibition at Bunjil Place Gallery



Dick Bruna's shelf, 2020 
Victorian ash, plywood, acrylic paint, synthetic polymer filler, polymer clay, plastic tube, cardboard tube.
1700 x 1500 x 450 mm
Photo: Matthew Stanton


Dick Bruna's shelf, detail. Photo: Matthew Stanton


Dick Bruna's shelf, detail. Photo: Matthew Stanton

miffy & friends / Bunjil Place Gallery


Installation views. Photographs by Christian Capurro.


Installation view, miffy & friends, Bunjil Place Gallery, 2021, featured Carla McRae, Drawing with scissors 2021, digital print. Photograph: Christian Capurro





installation view, miffy & friends, Bunjil Place Gallery, 2021, featured from left Stephen Bird, Up and away 2020, glazed earthenware with lustre, Shit creek 2020, glazed earthenware, Exterminator 2020, glazed earthenware, Balloon man 2020, tin glazed earthenware with lustre, Miffy gold on blue 2020, glazed earthenware with lustre, Lost balloon 2020, tin glazed earthenware with lustre, Mother earth 2020, glazed earthenware with lustre, Evil Miffy 2020, glazed earthenware with lustre, Carla McRae, Dick Bruna’s shelf 2020, Victorian ash, plywood, acrylic paint, synthetic polymer filler, polymer clay, plastic tube, cardboard tube, Nadia Hernández, Aquí también soñaba (Here I also dreamt) 2020 paper, oil, flashe, acrylic on Stonehenge paper, Igual eso se evapora (Either way it evaporates) 2020 paper, oil, flashe, acrylic on Stonehenge paper, Arco iris de colores alegram lalejandad (A rainbow of colours brighten the distances) 2018 various textiles, grommets, thread, rope. © the artists. Photograph: Christian Capurro









I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work.
Sovereignty was never ceded. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging.