A mid-career painter, Clare Menck has refined her skills of observation; her subject matter which at first glance appears to be the obvious and familiar proves on closer inspection and engagement with the medium to reveal a fresh and life-affirming vision of the environments around us.
In this series of intimately-scaled works, Menck asks us to take a sideways glimpse at our collective past. Through the use of almost-familiar images that could be photographs from grandparents’ storage boxes or vintage magazines, coloured with the sepia haze of time passing, she prompts us to interrogate our own memories and family histories.
Menck obtained her BFA cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch in 1990, an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art (painting) from Michaelis in 1991. Her MFA from the University of Stellenbosch followed in 1996. A 1997 study trip to Europe on a grant from the University of Stellenbosch included 3 months of postgraduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Dresden.
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