Artist Statement of Clary Mastenbroek

The pictorial poetry of Mastenbroek has the insinuating narrative style of 17th century paintings. Colour is a prominent component, but sober and muted, often those of the underwater environment. Sometimes she features horses painted from life in the paintings, textures of the breathing animal with its veins and nervous muscle contraction. The intriguing magic realism with symbols and motives from Greek mythology are opening the gate between Eros and Hades, Life and Death.