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Merryn Trevethan

Merryn Trevethan’s practice focuses on the uncertainty of perception in densely populated urban environments, which is flooded with visual information and complexity of vision. Her drawings, paintings and installations draw attention to the inconsistencies in our perception of the world and create situations that allow us to experience, engage and see in the moment. Her imagery comes from skyscrapers, cityscapes and geometric grids of streets and buildings. Scattered Thunderstorms and Mostly Cloudy were inspired by tropical city life in Singapore.

Merryn Trevethan (b. 1976) is an Australian artist based in Singapore. She completed her MFA at Monash University, Melbourne in 2005. Since then she has exhibited widely in Australia and has participated in residencies at both Point B Worklodge, in Williamsburg, New York (2011), and at Red Gate Gallery - International Artist Residency Programme, Beijing, China (2009). Trevethan was recently awarded First Prize for the DRIVE - Public Art Open Call for her work Accelerator City, where she painted a mural on an outdoor wall at Gillman Barracks. This was her first project since relocating to Singapore in July 2014.

Trevethan recently completed a commissioned piece for the new Facebook offices at South Beach Tower, Singapore, 2015, and is currently in the process of completing a three-month residency programme in HUFF (House Under Four Flags) - a 10 x 10m wooden sculptural installation built by artist Marcin Dudek. 

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Merryn Trevethan (b. 1976) is an Australian artist based in Singapore. Her practice has focuses 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 completed an expansion of this project in late 2016. Over 3 months in 2015, 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. 

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