Artist Carina Wagenaar (NL, 1969) graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Her works are inspired by cameos, lace, relics and symbolism. She translates expressions of feelings, thoughts,
spirituality and events into these monumental medallion artworks.

‘My work is mainly about expressing the identity of the moment. I try to create objects that represent a stillness in their physical appearance, essence and representation. During my working process I use shapes and structures, take them apart, use fragments, transport them to a new context and turn them
into new objects. I have always been intrigued by the beauty of things, storytelling and the mystical world around us. In my work I want to capture a fleeing moment in the many details that surround us and stopping time that perhaps tells you so much more than many people think. A recording of the identity of the moment in which objects have melted into a whole in a symbolic field of tension.’

Wagenaar introduced her works with a vision about the importance of details. The shape of the medallion is historically linked to a way of preserving valuable and personal things. She translates information and symbols into a new world: 3D and behind acrylic glass. All this in a rearrangement of  discarded fragments, caught in symbolism and in a new world that you can discover for yourself.

New Exhibitions 24-25-26 November Très Chic 2023, Hasselt Belgium 15-26 November Biënnale Brabant 2023, Van Loon Galleries Koepelhal, Tilburg 17 June-30 Sept Zomerexpositie 2023 ‘Los & Vast’, Sille Gallery, Oudewater ArtExhibition Atelier Jongerius, Ulvenhout Past Exhibitions 2023 ‘The one with the sparkles’ Island Gallery, Den Haag 2023 ‘Focus’ M. Gallery, Madrid 2023 Eclectic Gallery, London 2022 Winter Art Fair, Oisterwijk 2022 NockNock Art Fair, Amsterdam 2022 International Art Fair, Monaco 2022 First Art Fair, Amsterdam 2021 Brabant Biënale Van Loon Galleries, Tilburg 2021 Start Art Fair Saatchi Gallery, London 2021/2022 Van Loon Galleries, Vught 2021 Affordable Art Fair, London 2021/2022 Eclectic Gallery, London 2021/2022 Nidum, Grave 2020/2021 Duo exhibition ‘Captured’ TJ Gallery, Antwerp 2020 Duo exhibition Van Loon Galleries, Vught 2020/2021/2022 Art Company, Eindhoven 2017/2018/2019 Saatchi Gallery screen project, London 2019 DDH Artemis, Amsterdam 2019/2020 Expo, Stompetoren 2019/2020 Kunst + Co, Amstelveen 2018 LXRY, Amsterdam 2018/2019 Masterly, Den Haag 2018 Art & Design Hamptons, New York 2018 Ventura, Dubai 2017/2018 Doen, Rotterdam 2017 Salon Residence, Laren 2017/2018 Von Hessenbeck Gallery, Florence 2017 Valkhof Museum, Nijmegen 2017/2019 Masterly, Milan 2016/2017 Kazerne, Eindhoven 2016 Paul Smith Mayfair, London 2016 Nelly Rodi, Paris 2016 Ventura, New York 2016 Ventura, Milan 2015 Studio Ex Purgamento, London 2015 DDH Artemis, Amsterdam 2015  Artsquare, Amsterdam 2015 Art Zaanstad, Amsterdam Education 1988-1992 University of the Arts Amsterdam 1981-1988 PCC Alkmaar Award/ Nomination
‘Most Innovative Contemporary Artist 2021’ EU Business New
‘Most Innovative Object D’Art Interior Decor Artist 2020’ Build Magazine
Nominated ‘Van Gogh Prize 2015’ Van Gogh Museum