Merryn Sommerville

Merryn Sommerville is based in Bega, regional NSW. She is the recent recipient of the Basil Sellers Prize, as well as the previous recipient of the Spanish Embassy's Torres Travelling Scholarship, the inaugural Spotlight Exhibition Award at the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, and the Ampersand Duck residency with letterpress artist Caren Florance. She is represented by Lindberg Galleries.

‘Often Said Apologetically’: Merryn Sommerville’s Child of the High Seas

The subject of my work is one child, a family member in a seven-year series, and of her seven-year life. As a young woman of childbearing age, it might seem an obvious choice for me to draw children; there was a time in art history where women were limited to drawing domestic scenes of children and animals. But their social identity became synonymous with innocence and a lack of autonomy.

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