“[Her] images are comfortingly familiar yet strangely haunting and foreboding.”
— Shirley Wiitasalo (nominator), painter and 2011 winner
Rich, tactile and complex, Carol Wainio’s works carry all the power of painting, yet are not about painting. Rather they are rooted in the representational and external concerns.
Working with large-scale canvasses, using a restrictive, sometimes monotone, colour palette, she manipulates figuration. Her work is a conversation with the viewer in which she poses questions about how things are, or will be. Layering fairy tale illustrations, children’s drawings and images from mass culture, she creates new narratives, dark and sad, in which the enchantment of the fairy tales is lost amid the discarded refuse of a consumerist society.