Monique Benthin

Benthin lives and works in Antwerp and Rotterdam. In 1999 she graduated in Fine Arts 2D Autonomous at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Themes about society, identity, emotion and the own ‘being’ take a prominent place in her oeuvre in which she also wonders what’s ‘real’ or ‘unreal’. Her work consists of spatial assembly pieces, monumental drawings, collages and photography. One of her most grotesque works is the series of photographs on facades, called Copy Garden, Copy Garden of Growth and Copy Garden Tropical. These were developed in collaboration with artist/photographer Rick Messemaker and Mothership. Pictures of parks, Japanese gardens and tropical gardens boost the formerly hopeless gray facades of houses and schools again and with that also the neighborhood. When possible, they try to create a trompe l’oeil effect.