OCAD U photo Alumni, Meryl McMaster, has been long-listed for the Sobey Art Award! A prestigious Canadian contemporary art prize, each year the Sobey Art Award is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

Meryl 1 2010 Digital Chromogenic Print 36" x 36"

Meryl 1 2010 Digital Chromogenic Print 36″ x 36″

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and a graduate in photography from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her artistic practice begins with photography, evoking a journey that follows a path of self-discovery. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. McMaster’s practice extends beyond straight photography by incorporating other artistic media into how she build images and express her ideas. McMaster’s resulting work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. McMaster’s work unravels identity and subjectivity as something that is never complete, but always in process and invariably formed from within.

Meryl is represented by Katzmann Contemporary, and you can view more of her work here. To follow updates on the Sobey Art Awart, you can follow the competition on Twitter at @PrixSobeyAward.