Merryn Trevethan is best known for her abstracted cityscapes depicted with highly saturated colours. Her work is a reflection on her experiences living in increasingly globalised cities, constantly in a state of flux; a reality dominated by the digital and flooded with information. It maps the invisible networks that connect us, reminding us of the impact of technologies on our perception of colour and our sense of space. She 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. Trevethan exploits the interaction of colour to create a spatial ambiguity that reminds us of the turbulence and limitations of visual perception.
Trevethan is an Australian artist based in Singapore since 2014. She holds a Masters of Fine Art (by research) from Monash University (2005). In 2015 and 2016 she was commissioned by Facebook to create murals for their Singapore offices and awarded first prize for DRIVE - Public Art Open Call at Gillman Barracks, SG (2015). Recent solo exhibitions include Provable Falsehoods (2017) Fox Galleries, Melbourne; The Party’s Over (2016) Australian High Commission, SG & Thanks For The Downgrade… (You Should All Be Fired!) at Fehily Contemporary (2013). Recent group exhibitions include This Wild Song, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne: Abstraction Twenty Eighteen, Five Walls Projects, Melbourne (2018); Apertures, Yeo Workshop, SG (2017). Public art projects include HUFF Outdoor Studio at Gillman Barracks, SG (2016), ArtTown Public Art Festival (2016), Melbourne; Footscray on the Edge (2012) and the Big West Festival (2011).
In 2018, Trevethan was a resident Artist at the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Residency Program in New York and at NPE Print Residency in Singapore. Other residencies include PointB Worklodge, New York (2011), Red Gate International Artist Residency, China (2009) and GEMS World Academy, Singapore (2015). Cutatorial projects include This Wild Song x Singapore (2018) and From The Ocean To The Silver City (2017).
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.
Image: Portrait of Merryn Trevethan by Ilona Nelson for This Wild Song