This website features the work of Karin Wach, a German-born artist, writer and psychoanalytic psychotherapist living and working in England. Her work is concerned with loss, memory and transformation. For example, in three major bodies of work it engages with the changes occurring along the Thames through the “transformation of snapshot into medium into painting”. Individual artworks and installations explore other media and concerns.
Karin showed a key work from her Bankside Power Station Cycle in this group exhibition. The work, Turbine Triptych, was first shown in a 2011 solo exhibition The Power and the Glory at Candid Arts, London.
For more details of the exhibition see here
The Bankside Power Station, darkly lit and immense, seemed like an industrial cathedral. Karin decided on the formal element of the triptych to convey this quality and that the triptych would have to have as the central image the ‘turbine’. There was no one to ask and she had no idea where to find the turbine or indeed what it looked like. Then, deep in the bowel of the building, asbestos contaminated and closed to the uninvited, Karin stumbled on what she was then told were the turbine blades. She photographed a small section. From this shot and its multiples she created an imagined machine that in its detail is of the turbine. She placed it in the centre of this industrial altar. It is sufficiently not the turbine so that the viewer can have his own response. The completed abstract image has a beauty of its own.
Three panels, two are multiples of one photograph and the centre panel multiples of two photographs all mounted on board under glass.
Each 112cm x 82cm