Merryn Lloyd
Hot Mess Paintings
7 June - 1 July 2017


Merryn Lloyd works with beeswax and pigment to create paintings through a process of accretion, mixing, reworking and scratching back into the textural surfaces of her works. Through her paintings, Lloyd investigates the irregularities of using beeswax as a painting medium, and the possibilities of undirected experimentation in the studio. She employs creative iterations in the studio as a way to move through making, occupied with material play and process rather than personal expression.

Hot Mess Paintings presents a new body of work focussed on sculptural surface, texture and 'add-ons'. Lloyd's add-ons are wax remnants from previous paintings, shards of paint cakes and pigment sticks. In the creation of these works Lloyd has re-used surplus parts of each painting (leftover wax, off cuts, mistints and failed layers) to inform the direction of each new layer.

Merryn Lloyd graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting), Monash University, 2008. Selected exhibitions include Dusty Plain, PAULNACHE, Gisborne, New Zealand (2016); What’s Happening Here? Town Hall Gallery (2017); Chalk and Cheese, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne (2015); Oil on a Spoon, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2014); Pavilion, curated by David Homewood, TCB Art Inc, Melbourne (2014); Method and Gesture, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (2013); Soft Eyes, curated by Pip Wallis, TCB Art Inc Melbourne (2013). Lloyd has previously exhibited at Daine Singer in the 2016 exhibition, Painting Matter.