“My work brings up many issues, personal stories of journeys, exile or immigration and larger narratives of economic power, history and trade.”
Caroline was born in Scotland and went to University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, where she majored in painting. “After University, I traveled around the world. In Nepal I hiked for three months around the Annapuma Mountains and painted every day.”
She came to the U.S. to attend graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an M.F.A. in painting. “I took classes in non-western art and contemporary art. These were the most challenging and exciting classes I’d ever taken so I decided to do an M.A. in modern art history, theory and criticism.”
It was after she left Chicago that she created her first installations. These were inspired by garden design, with paintings on the walls and designs on the floor made of moss and spices. So began a series of sculptures and installations dealing with the history of trade in food, plants and people.
Several recent installations have incorporated video, photography and sound as well as painting and sculpture, sometimes outdoor sculpture. Her first piece was called From India to Massachusetts and it was placed in a local park under a rhododendron, a tree that has its origins in the Himalayas. Another outdoor sculpture consisted of placing thousands of garishly colored plastic insects crawling over rotting logs.
“One idea leads to another. For me, the possibilities of art are endless.”
Her work has been reviewed by The Boston Globe, Art New England and Sculpture Magazine.
Please visit her website at www.carolinebagenal.com
Education: B.A., Fine Art, Newcastle University, England; M.F.A., Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; M.A., Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.