Drawing and sculpture are entwined in Peter Trevelyan’s practice with both two and three-dimensional works ‘drawn’ in fine pencil lead, paper, plastic or other media. An investigation of the role of drawing is at the heart of his work.
Recently Trevelyan’s work has taken on a new direction with this established methodology expanded to apply to new materials with the adoption of recycled fine plastic thread replacing his signature pencil leads. This new medium opening up exciting possibilities for the expansion of form, and engagement with a whole new set of current issues and ideas.
Human interaction with the environment and the ubiquitous spread of plastics in particular has become a preoccupying concern for Trevelyan. The new works speak to the pernicious invisibility of plastic. Spidery, finely drawn, organic, biomorphic, cloud-like forms that bow and sag and are difficult to perceive. It’s an evolutionary project with art, as with science, expressing an ongoing desire to describe and understand the world.
Trevelyan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2000 and completed a PhD at Massey University’s School of Fine Arts in 2014. He has built up an impressive exhibition history which has included several major temporary public art works and over 25 public gallery exhibitions. His work is in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.