Xanthe Somers (b. 1992 ZW) was born and went to school in Harare, Zimbabwe. She graduated from Michealis School of Fine Art, UCT in Cape Town in 2015, majoring in printmaking and ceramics - she then went on to be awarded a grant to study a MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work has gravitated towards large scale installation and sculptural forms and she defines herself as a contemporary ceramic sculptor. Somers's current practice deals with memory discourse and the problems that encircle the preservation and remembrance of memory on an individual scale as well as within the collective memory of society. Through visually stimulated materiality, she aims to find new ways, outside of the memorial or monument, to represent memory. Somers lives and works in London, UK.
Somers has attended art residencies at both Fusion Art Gallery in Turin, and Index in Zurich. In 2016 Somers has been a top 10 finalist in two international art competitions, The Celeste Prize and The Blooom Award. Her work is help in numerous public and private collections.
I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of a madeleine.
No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs that touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me.