MERRYN J TREVETHAN
Painter working in River Studios
What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?
I signed up to the space from a taped out plan on the floor, but I loved the natural light, size and square shape of my space.
How have you made this space your own?
I put up plaster board around 3 of the main walls and used another piece of plaster board as a pin board on the forth wall.
What do you create or make in your studio?
Paintings on perspex, 3 dimensional painted works, artists books, works on paper, experiments, and drawings. I also produce a range of screenprinted homewares under the name Stochastica that I print in my studio.
What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment (or in the whole building)?
My current favourite items in my studio are the painted boxes I have recently been creating. I am also pretty keen on the lovely new couches in the common areas... but as we move back into winter, I’m pretty sure that will change to the hot water in the clean up sinks!
"My practice examines a world saturated with imagery of all kinds; and queries how our mind attempts to make sense of this flood of visual data and how it relates to a contemporary concept of painting. More recent work has aimed to create immersive spaces that engulf the viewer, encouraging perceptual shifts and spatial ambiguities.
"Solo exhibitions include; 2013 “Thanks for the downgrade… (you should all be fired!)” at Fehily Contemporary, 2012- “EXPERIMENT” at Wyndham Art Gallery, “downgrade ignites global selloff...” at Mailbox 141; 2011- “Open Studio” Point B, Williamsburg. NEW YORK, and “news feed...” at Dear Patti Smith. Group exhibitions include “LINE”, Wyndham Art Gallery, curated by Dr Megan Evans and “Colour In”, curated by Hayley Scilli at Langford 120. I have created temporary public artworks for 2012’s “Footscray on the Edge”, and for The Substation’s Transit Gallery as part of 2011 Big West Festival.
"I completed my Masters of Fine Arts (By Research) at Monash University in 2005. International residencies include Point B Worklodge, in Williamsburg New York (2011) and Red Gate International Artist Residency Program, Beijing CHINA (2009). Recent reviews and publications include; “In the Galleries” by Dan Rule, The Age June 15 2013; 2012- “Distilling Memories” MONUMENT, 108 Apr/May Pacific Magazines."