Merryn Trevethan is a Singapore based Australian artist best known for her abstracted cityscapes depicted using saturated colours and bold lines. Her work reflects the experience of living in increasingly globalised cities, constantly in a state of flux, and dominated by the digital. It maps the invisible networks that connect us, reminding us of the impact of technologies on our perception.
Trevethan works across a range of mediums from large scale wall works, public art, and spatial interventions, to painting, drawing, small sculpture and artists books. In all mediums, she exploits the interaction of colour to create a spatial ambiguity that reminds us of the turbulence and limitations of visual perception.
Merryn Trevethan holds a Masters of Fine Art from Monash University. In 2015 and 2016 she was commissioned to create murals for the Singapore offices of Facebook. She was awarded first prize for the 2015 DRIVE – Public Art Open Call at Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Public art projects include HUFF Outdoor Studio Residency at Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2016), ArtTown Public Art Festival (2016), Melbourne, Footscray on the Edge (2012) and a commission to create temporary public works for Substation for Big West Festival (2011).
She has been Artist in Residence at PointB Worklodge, New York (2011), Red Gate International Artist Residency, China (2009) and GEMS World Academy, Singapore (2015). She has recently been selected for the 2018 Golden Foundation Residency Program in New York. Her work is held in Yale/ National University of Singapore Collection as well as numerous private collections.
Recent solo exhibitions include Provable Falsehoods (2017) Fox Galleries, Melbourne; The Party’s Over (2016) Australian High Commission, Singapore and Thanks For The Downgrade… (You Should All Be Fired!) at Fehily Contemporary (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Abstraction Twenty Eighteen, Five Walls Projects (2018); Apertures, Yeo Workshop, Singapore (2017); Of Colour and Light, Yarra Sculpture Gallery (2016); Colour In, 120 Langford (2013) and LINE, Wyndham Art Gallery (2013).
Trevethan is a Certified GOLDEN Art Educator and is a regular tutor at The Art Room, Melbourne. In Singapore, she works with local organization Art Outreach to deliver a range of educational programs for children and families. Cutatorial projects include This Wild Song x Singapore (2018) at Australian High Commission and various projects under the moniker The Never Never Arts.