“EVERY CHRYSTAL STANDS FOR A WOMAN WORLDWIDE WHO MAY SHINE
Carola was raised within an international and creative environment. From childhood on she has always been connected with her own creativity and had a great interest in creating beauty. While she was still in her teens this interest developed more in to her aim for perfection.
After finishing her studies Carola worked in various management positions within the human capital business. Many years of experience in commercial practice made her realise that she wanted to be fully committed to her true passion: being creative with the position of women in the Western society. She has refined her passion at the Heatherly School of Fine Arts and attended an MBA course in London.
During her stays abroad, Carola recurrently found lack of self consciousness to be a common core in every woman regardless origin, culture or social status. According to Carola women should be more aware of their own beauty, talents and potentials.
With her artworks Carola tries to immortalise powerful and characteristic women of the 21st Century. She started her career as an artist with creating innovative, reflecting female bodies from aluminum foil and acrylic paint. These collections, where the focus has been on the female body, were exhibited in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
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Her latest collection Happy Reflection Portraits is made of bright coloured large mirror artworks of inspiring famous women. The seventeen women that Carola created
She divided her collection in four exhibitions:
Black Girl Magic: featuring Beyonce, Oprah, Michelle Obama andÂ sculpture Shine.
She Persisted: featuring: Queen Maxima, Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Angela Merkel, Sonia Gandhi, Queen Noor.
Fun Fearless Females: featuring: Julia Roberts, Kate Moss and Madonna.
Dutch- made Beauties: featuring: Linda de Mol and Princess Beatrix.
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ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE
A mirror portrait consists of bright and strong contrasting types of colours on highly reflective sustainable material. Her work has more than 40 layers of airbrush paint, handmade original Swarovski crystals jewellery and luxury fabric. Carola’s method of working is highly intensive and a single work of art easily takes between 400 and 450 hours to create.
Later on Carola created her masterpiece sculpture “Shine”, a feminine body covered with 57.000 original Swarovski crystals. The crystals vary between 1 and 2 mm, laid in with a tweezer. The sculpture has a crystal key, which can be translated as the key to our body. “Shine” is a statement to all women, that we should accept the body we were given. Every crystal stands for a woman worldwide who may shine.
She has exhibited in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London. Carola was also featured in Dutch TV, RTL Boulevard, Blauw Bloed and interviewed for a program by the UN Women.