Congratulations to Ebony Russell, who has been announced as the 1st prize winner in the 2022 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with the piece Our Manifold Nature: Loutrophoros for the New Woman.
The prize pays tribute to the four generations of women from the Thorburn and Macgregor families who lived at Meroogal in Nowra for almost 100 years.
Of the work Ebony writes:
‘A water carrier for a bride’s prenuptial bath or a funerary urn marking graves of the unwed, the Greek loutrophoros was manifold in both its use and meaning. This decorative urn sits upon a work by 19th-century feminist writer Sarah Grand, a copy of which can be found on the bookshelf at Meroogal. It was one the Thorburn sisters paid attention to. With this fancywork loutrophoros,
I sought to commemorate the ‘New Women’ who lived at Meroogal and the legacy of their self-sufficient lives and practice.’
Our Manifold Nature: Loutrophoros for the New Woman. Photo by Simon Hewson