2015 Artists Alliance Mentee Profile | Kenneth Merrick

How would you describe your practice?

At the moment I’m mainly working on drawings and paintings in the studio and at home, and have recently/slowly been working on some experimental animation and sound projects.

What are you currently investigating?

Currently I’m trying to make connections between various elements from different forms, like how aspects of drawing and painting can be used in animation, and how visual and sonic elements might inform each other in developing an idea.

What’s your most productive time of day?

I’m pretty much an evening/night person, but I try to keep to regular hours during the day across week when I can.

Do you have any specific goals that you hope to achieve while on the programme?

I’d like to gain some insights and advice from an established artist that would help me develop and move forward, and hopefully take on board the insights and advice while continuing to make work.

And finally, how do you take your coffee, tea, or favourite beverage?

Coffee = Black

Beer = Cold

For more about Kenneth and to see some of his work, visit his blog:


Kenneth has been chosen as a finalist for the 2015 John Fries Award. Read his profile over on the Viscopy website here: https://viscopy.net.au/finalist/kenneth-merrick/ 

About the John Fries Award

The John Fries Award is an annual non-acquisitive award of $10,000 recognising emerging and early career visual artists. Since its start in 2010, it has become a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from emerging artists across Australia and New Zealand.

The prize was established by the Fries family in memory of former Viscopy director and honorary treasurer, John Fries, who made a remarkable contribution to the life and success of the organisation.

For more about the John Fries Award, visit here.