Merryn J Trevethan
Since moving to Singapore in 2014, Trevethan’s practice has evolved to focus on our relationship to living in increasingly globalised cities, constantly in a state of flux. She uses her observations of the cityscape to tease out the uncertainty of perception and the complexity of vision. Trevethan works across a range of disciplines including public art, wall works, paintings, drawings, sculptural forms and artists books, all linked by her use of colour. She employs these disciplines in combination to create spatially ambiguous works that remind us of the turbulence and limitations of visual perception; acting as a parallel to the economic, accelerated world of instantaneous transactions in which we often experience a mental and emotional disorientation, creating situations that allow us to experience, engage and see in the moment.
Trevethan completed her Masters of Fine Art (by Research) at Monash University, Melbourne in 2005. Since then she has exhibited widely in Australia and also internationally. Trevethan recently held her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Australian High Commission. She returns regularly to Australia to participate in solo and group exhibitions, public art projects and to teach workshops.
Her selected engagements in Singapore include being awarded First Prize for the DRIVE – Public Art Open Call, where she painted a mural on an outdoor wall at Gillman Barracks. In 2015, she was commissioned to create large-scale mural artworks for the new Facebook Headquarters in Singapore and has just completed an expansion of this project. Over 3 months Trevethan created a Public Art Intervention at HUFF Outdoor Studio at Gillman Barracks. This Self- initiated, Artist in Residence Project saw her transform an unused outdoor studio left by another artist (as a sculptural object) into a site for spatial experimentation. She is represented in Singapore by Yeo Workshop.