Clary Mastenbroek (born 1947 and now living in Waterford, Ireland) will be exhibiting some extraordinary new works at the Galerie Mokum from 3rd to 24th November 2007.
Mastenbroek's dream-like images, intricately detailed and intensely coloured describe an imaginary world in which the natural history cabinet is filled with transient imagery, partial and ambiguous. The settings depicted seem timeless. The oblique narrative and use of familiar ‘still life’ forms render the works open to endless reference and interpretation.
Mastenbroek’s representation of the female nude figure is interesting. Not exactly in line with the traditional ‘female object of desire,’ her figures are observed perhaps more as botanical studies, often closely grouped with other specimens from the natural world.
Mastenbroek has entitled some of her works using names from the literary world such as Ophelia (considered to be a complex characterisation of the many facets of womankind) and often depicted as peacefully drowning in a natural lake setting; and Daphne the nymph who, according to Greek mythology, was hunted by the love-crazed Apollo and was transformed into a laurel tree in order to escape the unwanted attention. The paintings seem to echo the complexity of perception of image; they also move easily into a visual arena whereby the female figure may be transformed and merged with other natural forms.
Extremely imaginative, these paintings are fascinating and attractive, despite a sometimes disturbing undertone. The sophisticated use of figuration (as well as the recurring themes of transformation and perception of beauty) places these paintings firmly within the exciting contemporary genre ‘New Dutch Realism.’ The exhibition has confidence and passion and is highly recommended.
If you happen to be in Ireland, you can visit the artist’s unique Museum of contemporary Figurative Art and the charming Gardens on the grounds of a renovated old woollen mill in Kilmeaden, County Waterford: Fairbrook House
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