Invisible Labour



Intuitive abstract paintings by Canberra based artist Merryn Lloyd. The works represent a research based practice, in reaction to the contemporary art mythology of the painter.

Lloyd works with beeswax and pigment to create paintings through a process of accretion, build up, mixing, reworking and scratching back into the textural surfaces of her works. Her paintings investigate the irregularities of using beeswax as a painting medium, and the possibilities for mindless experimentation in the studio to produce finished works - trial and error; acceptance and rejection of the outcome.

Invisible Labour focusses on the investigation of material, exploring the unknown as linked to an invisible or intangible source of artistic production. The title also playfully contradicts Lloyd’s reworked, scratched, textural surfaces, which openly document layers of activity. And it also references the political economy of gender, and MacushlaRobinson’s examination of an invisible labour force propping up the art world – see the readings that form part of the exhibition.

Merryn Lloyd graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting), Monash University, 2008. Selected exhibitions include Hot Mess Paintings, Daine Singer, Melbourne (2017); What’s Happening Here? Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne (2017); Dusty Plain, PAULNACHE, Gisborne, New Zealand (2016); Oil on a Spoon, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2014); Soft Eyes, TCB Art Inc, Melbourne (2013); Abstract Now, Shepparton Art Museum (2010). Her work is in the Artbank Collection and private collections in Australia and New Zealand.


5th - 22nd October

Opening 4-6pm, Saturday 7th October