Artist of the Month: Marley Treloar

We are delighted to introduce Artist of the Month June 2018, Marley Treloar. Marley’s work looks at how we communicate and tell histories together, using the medium of paint, found imagery, text and more recently, technology to explore different components of modern communication. Marley took home The Graduate Art Prize title in 2016 with her work ‘Gardens’, winning a cash prize and representation from ARTIQ.

Following her win, Marley has gone on to complete a MA at the University of Arts London and work on a host of international painting commissions. ‘Gardens’ was also chosen by ARTIQ to feature in our collection for the Salon area curation at The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square.

We sat down with Marley to find out more about her work. Read the interview in full below and catch her taking over our ARTIQ Instagram channel from the 25th-29th June, taking us behind the scenes of her ideas, process and works in progress. Follow ARTIQgram for more.

How do you see your art as a part of our society?
I feel like paintings are great at telling stories, you can look at a drawing or painting every day and still two months down the line find something new in it. Whether I’m looking at personal histories or modern culture there is a lot to unpack and make work about. I like being able to relate when I see a work of art, I feel like I’ve been focusing on that a lot more lately.

How has your work developed over time?
My practice has really changed over the past few years. I’m still very interested in working with painting and collage, but my recent work while on my Masters course has been looking at interactive installations and exploring using technology and sound. I like to flit between projects, different ideas suit different ways of making!

What’s the last exhibition you saw that made an impact on you?
I saw the Ian White exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre recently, I loved how the curators were really focused on how you show live performance work in the absence of the performer. I really got a lot out of thinking how an artist documents their works can turn into something greater down the road.

What art do you, or would you, collect?
I’ve started a small but growing collection of Egon Schiele prints/books/notebooks/everything really. I remember being in school and seeing an image of his work in an art history presentation; it was the first time I really was in awe over a work of art. I got a chance to see his work in person a few years ago, it was even more breathtaking in person.

What would you do if you weren’t an artist?
I would like to think I’d be going into teaching. I had such amazing, impactful teachers while I was in school, it would be great to be able to be as encouraging as they were to me. Supporting the new generation of writers, actors or artists doesn’t sound too bad.