Discipline: mixed media, fashion

Carina Wagenaar (Alkmaar, 1969) graduated from the Amsterdam School of Fine Arts. Her strong interest in art and fashion with the focus areas; culture, history, nature and religion resulted in surprising designs with various themes. Important aspects in her work are development, change and alienation. She aims to astonish, inspire and especially give the viewer something to reflect on. She combines apparently contradictory principles, often seen from humorous insights with transitions between reality and absurdity.

With a quintet of XL Medallions (ca. 90 cm), four famous Dutch paintings appear in a modern and exciting context. The 4 pieces give a cheerful wink to life from the past to the present and back again. The medallion as a symbol of a frozen situation in life, trapped in a big fashionable relic.

Medallion ‘Burning out’ (20)*

20 burning out witte achtergrond carina wagenaar h200 20 melkmeisje ernaast plaatsen h200

‘The Milkmaid’ (1657-1658) by Vermeer is represented by a modern doll. Everything seems in order,
but the pressure of everyday life is high; the clock is ticking, and the phones are ringing. She needs to
keep up! Close to a burnout, she makes a mess.

Color: White: The color of milk. White also stand for cleanness and hygiene. Symbolizes the will to be perfect and to be cool, reliable and sincere.

Material: mixed, wood, metal, acrylate
Dimension: 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.1 m (lxbxd) / 35” x 20” x 4”.

Medallion ‘Boys will be boys’ (21)*

21 boys will be boys witte achtergrond carina wagenaar h20021 nachtwacht ernaast plaatsen h200

A piece of the famous ‘The Night Watch’ (1642) by Rembrandt is represented by a group action men. These strong and handsome guys also play with toy soldiers. They like to barbeque and play
videogames but also carry modern army weapons. Boys remain boys; they love competition and the
surge for power.

Color: Blue: This color of the Supreme God and of the nobility also stands for dispelling the evil powers. Symbolizes calm, sobriety, fidelity, understanding and hard work.

Material: mixed, wood, metal, acrylate
Dimension: 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.1 m (lxbxd) / 35” x 20” x 4”.

Medallion ‘Keep your chin up’ (22)*

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About: The painting ' Girl with a Pearl Earring' (1665-1667) by Vermeer is the Dutch Mona Lisa. This version shows a modern and self-conscience lady. She loves glitz and glamour, and chooses to wear a headscarf. Nowadays, this is a big issue. Some ages ago, this used to be a normal thing to do.

Color: Red: Red. This strong color is associated with notable issues. In the whole world, this color represents attention. Attention to the freedom of opinion.

Material: gemengd, hout, metaal, acrylaat / mixed, wood, metal, acrylate
Dimension: 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.1 m (lxbxd) / 35” x 20” x 4”.

Medallion ‘Letters to Theo’ (23)*

23 de slaapkamer ernaast plaatsen h200 23 letters to theo witte achtergrond carina wagenaar h200

Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom in Arles’ (1888) is a beloved work of this famous artist. In the same year, he also made the paintings of sunflowers. In his letters to his brother Theo he extensively wrote about this. In this bedroom you can find the same items of the painting, supplemented by some new personal things. The croissants symbolize life in France. His letters to his brother – the important link to the outside world- are laying on the floor. And of course the sunflowers!

Color: Orange: Orange. This energetic color stands for living the life, and the need to express the vitality in creativity. A self-conscience color, that wants to engorge the world outside.

Material: gemengd, hout, metaal, acrylaat / mixed, wood, metal, acrylate
Dimension: 0.9 x 0.5 x 0.1 m (lxbxd) / 35” x 20” x 4”.

‘Multi-Culti Dress’ (24)*

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This dress represents the multicultural climate of the Dutch society. The top of the dress shows the Dutch heritage, the bottom shows the influences from foreign cultures. Both parts joined together emphasize the variety of cultures coming together which creates a beautiful and rich environment. This dress consists out of more than hundred different traditional dolls from various parts of the world. Also symbolic for the way the Dutch society had been influenced by various different cultures through the ages.

Material: mannequin, textile, mixed culture dolls.
Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 1 m (lxbxd) / 78” x 39” x 39”.