Claudia Menecola

Claudia Menecola
OCAD University (Toronto, ON)

I create intuitive, material-based paintings as my way of making sense of the world around me and as a reaction to the uncertainty of life. I utilize the unpredictable nature of paint, while still maintaining a degree of control over it, and this tension between the known and unknown is the driving force behind what I create. I see painting as my way of working through the past while also accepting the future, and creating a personal record of everything that was and is. My works seeks to find a balance between unconscious and irrational and conscious and deliberate, while my process involves learning and knowing, intent and accident, personal experience and trial and error all informing and influencing the next in order to attempt to answer the question, ‘what does it mean to be?’

Claudia Menecola is a Toronto-based painter who has recently completed her BFA at OCAD University in 2020. She is also a graduate from Humber’s Visual and Digital Arts program with honours where she received the Jamie Simmons Memorial Award for exemplary dedication to her art practice. Claudia has exhibited work in various shows prior to and during her time at OCAD University, most recently The Drawing and Painting Catalogue fundraiser, Art Prom, where her pieces were for sale to raise funds for her graduating class’s catalogue. Claudia has privately sold a number of works and intends to exhibit her newest paintings in various group shows to make up for a loss of her graduate exhibition at OCADU.