Carol Tinga is a Canadian artist who travels whenever she can. She is interested in creating paintings that result from a collision of materials (e.g., wax, oils, acrylics, craft paints, pastels and nail polish) and source images, the results of which may pose social and political questions and/or play within the rich history of western art. Working from variously derived source materials (e.g., webcam and Internet images, handheld digital camera and satellite images, a Japanese paper collection and books), she manipulates and plays with them to create paintings that are mediations and iterations of the original sources. Arctic animals rest in flower-filled landscapes. Architectural landmarks, explorations of the importance of place, are painted from atypical vantage points. Herd animals like beef cattle are treated to the singularity of a portrait, albeit one employing metallic and fluorescent paints.
Carol’s creations reflect her desire to better understand the complex interrelatedness of all living beings and with the ecosystems in which they gyre. She explores themes of beauty, stillness, authenticity and impermanence. Her path is now expanding to included practices outside of painting. An emerging artist and consultant epidemiologist, she hold degrees in Human Biology, Epidemiology, and Studio Art from the University of Guelph, Canada. Frequent travel and the amazing people she meets and the beauty she experiences while doing so affect her profoundly.