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.