Lara Merrett interrogates the relationship between painting and its surrounding architecture with site-specific work that invites us to enter and navigate its folds. Three-dimensional painting is a relatively new departure for Merrett’s practice, and she utilises a ubiquitous staple of the artist’s studio, the humble drop sheet or painter’s cloth, as material from which to create an immersive environment of colour.
Merrett has used a variety of applications of paint — spraying, brushing and pouring — to create a vibrant palette from which to experiment and play. Her work draws upon abstractionism and colourist practice, expanding the parameters of the exhibition of painting through scale and form.
Merrett has exhibited extensively internationally and nationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; UQ Museum, Brisbane, Perth; Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA); Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong; and Swab Art Fair, Barcelona.