Wainio, Carol

Carol Wainio, Tortoise and Hare, 2013.

Numéro de lot : 

18
Tortoise and Hare

Au moyen d’une fable bien connue, Tortoise and Hare explore les diverses relations entre récits, genres et cadrages qui se tissent entre la photographie de studio du 19e siècle et les débuts de l’illustration. En même temps qu’elle évoque l’accélération de tous les aspects de la vie contemporaine, la métaphore du lièvre et de la tortue est employée couramment en relation aux activités bancaires et aux investissements – un domaine où la vitesse et le risque sont de plus en plus grands. Le personnage à dos de tortue fait référence à de réelles photos d’archives montrant Walter Rothschild (le financier récalcitrant de la célèbre famille) chevauchant sa tortue de compagnie.

Acrylique sur toile,
  • 2013
91,4 x 121,9 cm

Valeur estimée : 

7 000 $

Carol Wainio has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad, including at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Stedelijk Museum, the Venice Biennale, and the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, as well as in the U.S. and China. Her paintings are represented in major corporate, private, and public collections, including the National Gallery, the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa.

Her work explores the role that painting can still play in opening up a discursive space around narrative, history, material culture, globalization and environment, reproduction, art and commodity, and various historical forms of representation—“high art,” political, or vernacular. The paintings draw together diverse references, including historical illustrators such as J. J. Grandville, research in the Walter Benjamin Children’s Book Collection and other archives, early advertisements based on fairy tales, and archival and contemporary photographs—to investigate and re-stage narratives of transformation, commodification, and desire that pose questions about the present, the long-ago, and the far-away.