indigo eli


indigo eli

poetry | performance | art

Indigo is based on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia.


“poetry speaks
the unspoken, seeks
to make the intangible tangible”


‘By inverting the natural order of things, and in reconfiguring the mundane, she invokes the need to continually question how we inscribe meaning, how we can each defy or redefine, and how art can mould, cast and reinvent everyday experiences.

Her pieces signpost the limitations of language and media forms in the creation of meaning and identity; in moving beyond the constrictive nature of words and syntax. Eli creates her own unique language, a ‘poetry of the object’. In their ‘silence’ these pieces speak volumes…’

Glam Adelaide on The Poetry Of Object 0.1

“a raw poem is mist at the most distant point from words”

My work stems from the urge to document intangibilities and speak the unspoken.

A multi-form poetic artist, my practice plays between writing, spoken word, performance, visual art, installations and everyday encounters. I am intrigued by the personal and universal, by the things we discard and those we hold dear.

I’ve been exploring human connection, textile, objects, legalities, language, embodiment and knowledge, exploring the question: where are the boundaries between one form and another?

Favourite words currently include: oology, unknowing, flapdoodle … and of course, sandwich.

 audiences are saying:la la bird

“sublimely evocative
Jordana Lennox, GLAM Adelaide on The Poetry of Object 0.1
“as carefully structured as an egg shell”
Gretchen Miller, ABC Radio National
“her work is uncommonly thoughtful.”
Lucy Nelson, Noted Festival on I Noted this for you
“Great idea and real connecting.”
Caroline Reid on enveloping (the human) connection (in 36.5 letters)
“transgressive yet hypnotic”
Scott-Patrick Mitchell on (with(in)side) out
“exceeds the traditional limits of poetry…a true entertainer”
Tom Cassidy, Night Voices
“Indigo was awesome … I felt challenged by the poem but it was great!”
audience feedback, Body Image and Eating Disorders Forum
Women’s Health Statewide
“At last the veil was off … a fascinating insight … intriguing work!”
Sue Flemming, Professional Writing Co-ordinator, AC Arts
on ‘Indigo Eli: a process in development a development in process’
JUMP Mentorship showing, SPOKE Festival SA
[your poetry] clogged  … the vacuum cleaner 
Flinders University


A multi-form poetic artist, Indigo plays with the perception that art is the act of drawing the poetically elusive into form.
With leanings toward an experimental play with language her crafted creations are published, performed, encountered and exhibited. She explores themes of mental health and human connection, in/tangibility, atmosphere, silence and voice in works that appear as written and spoken word, object and textile art, live performance, installations and everyday encounters. Her practice has so far resulted in two unique and continuing offerings: ‘The Poetry of Object’ artwork and exhibitions and ‘postal projects’, including enveloping connection.
Indigo has presented at numerous festivals across Australia and beyond and has received a variety of awards for her page, stage and multi-art works. She is a three-time Australian Poetry Slam national finalist and co-founder of two literary initiatives the nameless project and Spoken Word SA.
An Australia Council funded JUMP Mentee, in 2011 Indigo worked with ‘national treasure’ Margaret Cameron to inflate the performance parameters of poetry through perceptual practice, redefining the word ‘poem’ and opening possibilities for the creation of unique poetic performances through the languages of body, object, costume, sound and space.
Indigo’s poems have been published in a variety of anthologies and literary journals, including Cordite, Rochford Street Review, Writ Poetry Review and Australian Poetry Journal. Her first small poetry collection ‘writing love songs to the moon’ is only available on the black market.
Indigo likes strong coffee and fluffy clouds.

 … everything is transient …

letter 19 enveloping connection 800x


I acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which I live, learn and create. I pay my respects to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living today. Sovereignty was never ceded.


photo credit: Royce Kurmelovs and indigo eli
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