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 - she went on to be awarded a grant to study a MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London which she completed in 2020 with distinction. 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 creating functional domestic objects- to try and reimagine the everyday. Through a sense of play, the hope is to challenge the prevailing ideas of the ‘normal’. The bright colours, the exaggerated shapes and the over-sized pieces mock the circus that is our day-to-day.
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.
Current solo show titled A Vocabulary For Ghosts at First Floor Gallery in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: https://www.firstfloorgalleryharare.com/xanthe-somers-a-vocabulary-for-ghosts-viewing-room.html
Currently exhibiting at The National Gallery of Zimbabwe as part of the #BreakingTheBias exhibition celebrating women artists.
Upcoming solo exhibition titled RANCID at Galerie Revel, Bordeaux, France