Artist Carina Wagenaar (NL, 1969) graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. She grounded her reputation at the art and design loving world by introducing luxurious medallion artworks. Her vision about the importance of details in life can be seen in every unique work she creates. Many art collectors and interior architects show strong affection for her use of both contradiction of different styles and crossovers in art, fashion and design.
More and more interest is also being shown for customised works. It enables the client to tell an own unique story through an elegant wall jewel which enriches the designated environment with a personal touch. The medallion form-factor has historically symbolised a way to safeguard precious and personal memorability. Carina safeguards thoughts, feelings and stories within these artworks from the era we now live in.
The wall jewels and big cameos arose by making use of all the abundance we have on this earth. With the push for sustainability it is very important to recreate, recycle and up-cycle as much as we can.
Hopefully the wall jewels inspire you. They are meant to give extra soul to your environment.
Life-size medallion artworks
Artist Carina Wagenaar loves to tell stories. She translates developments, events and experiences into a new 3D world behind half-round acrylic glass. In these life-size medallion artworks, the details and its symbolism play an important role.
Carina was inspired by little necklace medallions, cameos and lace structures. Within these large medallion artworks, Wagenaar unites nostalgic feelings with both classical as well as modern, playful and tough elements.
Dutch artist Carina Wagenaar uses everyday objects to create new art jewels. In this way she provides extra soul to the interior. Her work is internationally highly appreciated.
If you look closely at the contents of her medallions, you will end up in a new world. These large modern cameos are constructed from all kinds of well-known and lesser-known objects.
Telling stories, creating new worlds and wondering people is something Carina Wagenaar likes to do. There are plenty of stories to tell and themes to work with. For example, she has made a series based on human processes. Periods everyone experiences in a similar way. Titles such as ‘Personal Identity’ and ‘Faith’ refer to this.
Everyday stories also attract her attention. In the works known as ‘Can we flush it’ and ‘Same Source Frequency’, she lets people think about the situation in the world. She invites the spectator to take a good look and to absorb all the details. It is the art of zooming in and out.
In 2016, she made a rigorous decision to present her work to the world. After years of hard work and developing her ideas, she felt the time was right. Her first exhibition abroad was in Italy. She chose for the art and design loving city of Milan. A month later she presented her work in New York, followed by Paris and -at Paul Smith’s store- in London. Soon after, she exhibited works in a gallery in Florence, was her work on display in the Hamptons in New York and she presented her work in Dubai.
Her strong interest in history brought her to a new theme. As with the shape of the medallion, in which you would like to preserve something from the past, she combined ancient Egyptian wisdom with modern ideas in a new way.
Also works arose inspired by historical figures from the Dutch Golden Age. About Elizabeth Stuart, aka the Winter Queen, and Frederik Hendrik, The Prince of Orange and Stadholder of the Netherlands. Two important aristocrats who have meant a lot for the international development of art and culture in the Netherlands at the time. Still a part of Dutch DNA.
These wall jewels contain many details about their personality, appearance and life. They were shown during the first edition of Masterly in 2018 in The Hague as well as in April 2019 in Milan. Since that time, these life-sized medallion artworks were also noticed by colleagues from Russia and China.
In the meantime, more attention is being paid to Wagenaar’s work in the Netherlands. She has previously exhibited in the Kazerne in Eindhoven, during Salon Residence in the Singer in Laren and with various high-end interior architects in Rotterdam, The Hague, Stompetoren and in Amstelveen.
In September 2019 Carina cooperated with the high-end department store De Bijenkorf into a beautiful window-display. Here she showed two of her works combined with a master painting from the 17th century. During this second edition of Masterly the Hague also new works were exhibited in this royal city. Medallion artworks inspired by the images of royalty on playing cards. The ‘Queen of Hearts’, ‘King of Hearts’ and ‘Jack of Hearts’, as being part of her ‘Royal Card Collection’.
Photos of her works have recently been selected by the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London. There they are shown on a large screen.