In haunting and visceral drawings, Bega based artist Merryn Sommerville aims for the heart. Interested in issues surrounding gender and childhood, her unique soft pastel and pencil drawings showcase sophisticated rendering of colour, fresh and expressive mark making, and a devotion to conceptual congruity. Sommerville’s drawings emerge from a dark backdrop, luminous and eerie and strikingly ambivalent.
Achieving First Class Honours in Printmedia and Drawing at the Australian National University, Sommerville has been recognised with a number of emerging artist awards. These include a tour of Spain courtesy of the Embassy of Spain, the inaugural Spotlight Exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, and the Ampersand Duck residency with letterpress artist Caren Florence. Most recently, Sommerville was awarded a Highly Commended at the SCPS National Pastel Prize.
“In the words of Gillian Welsh, ‘some girls are blessed with a dark turn of mind’, and Merryn is one of them. Her work pretends to be pretty, but then grabs you by the throat… (Her) work is devastating...”
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