Nationally recognized painter Carol Wainio began working with the motif/theme of the book in 2002. Since that time her focus has shifted from medieval books of hours to Victorian and contemporary illustrated books for children. As with her other, earlier artistic explorations, Wainio has given a great deal of thought to her subject, in this case, mulling over the layers of cultural meaning in imagery intended for children. She explores her findings using the language of the visual and painterly, not in literal or sociological terms.
The works in this touring show are mostly large in scale, and wonderfully complex, with dense conglomerations of imagery and an impressive variety of artistic methods employed.
Wainio is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she teaches painting at the University of Ottawa.