What Is Urban? at Brixton East

Karin exhibited her work In the Eye of the Beholder in the South London Women Artists exhibition What Is Urban? at the Brixton East Gallery from 26 February to 11 March 2015.

Here is a link to the SLWA website.


An open space by the Thames was landscaped with a retaining wall of sawn-off tree trunks running alongside a street that led to the river. The tree trunks had been vandalized: they had been burnt – hence the dark charcoal-black look. Here are the urban opposites: creativity to enhance the urban environment and actions to deface and destroy and yet through the later daubing of blue paint creating, by default, something oddly beautiful. I have tried to capture this process as well as referencing the proximity to the Thames.

In the Eye of the Beholder
Multiples of one photograph on sprayed MDF board
w 85 cm x h 116 cm
Framed under glass

Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition 2015

Karin exhibited at the Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition from 27 January to 8 February 2015. She showed one work that belongs to the Mill Cycle exhibited in solo exhibitions in London and the Bristol Watershed.


Close to Tower Bridge a Victorian industrial building housed the last working spice mill in London. Its alluring smells wafted down the narrow streets of Butlers Wharf. Inside the building, spice covered machinery, sacks and drums alike. In an immense semi-lit warehouse towering stacks of bales had escaped the drifting spice. But the light shimmering on the protective plastic sheets was as beautiful as if spice had wrought its magic transformation. While still photographing the mill, P&O announced that it would be closed within 14 days. Today the building is luxury flats.


Blue Plastic Sheets on Bales
w 93 cm x h 123 cm, framed under glass


Paper Bag

Karin exhibited at the Bermondsey Artists’ Group 30th Anniversary Exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Southwark Park between 6 April 2013 and 21 April 2013.

The title Paper Bag is a play on the Bermondsey Artists’ Group (BAG), rag bag (the artists were free to choose their exhibit) and paper as the medium for the exhibition. Karin, to celebrate the BAG anniversary, selected works that reflect and reference Bermondsey’s history and the passing of time.


This work was created from photos taken in the P & O Spice Mill, Butlers Wharf, at that point threatened with closure and now defunct and luxury homes.

Studio shot of Industrial Poem

Industrial Poem
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm
Framed under glass


Edward’s Manor House in Bermondsey, once a great house on the Thames, lies half hidden under a grassy hill to protect its remaining foundations. To link the two houses Karin photographed the fading flowerbeds of Hampton Court Palace and created from these photos her work Royal Vintage.


Royal Vintage
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 112cm
Framed under glass


Royal Vintage at the private view

Please see press release for further details.


South London Women Artists at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1.

The exhibition ran from 2 – 7 May 2012.  Works  were selected to show the diverse practices of the group.   Karin exhibited 2 works not previously shown:  About Boats and Ring Road.

Link to South London Women Artists website







About Boats
photographs on sprayed MDF board
w 88cm x h 118,5 cm, framed under glass


Ring Road
photographs on board
w 85 cm x h 116 cm, framed under glass

"Ring Road" and "Boat" at the private view


What Art Does? – Was Macht Kunst?

Karin was pleased to have been selected by Southwark Arts Forum to show work in this exhibition at the Volkshochschule Langenhagen, Germany. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Southwark and the Bürgermeister of Langenhagen.

Karin was asked by Southwark Arts Forum to give an interview for this exhibition. The film of the interview, which addresses the relationship between Art and Society, will be shown throughout the exhibition.  In this interview Karin also explains what it means to have chosen the ordinary photograph, which she takes herself, as her medium to ‘paint’, ‘draw’ or ‘sculpt’.

See Karin’s interview for the exhibition

Karin selected 2 works for this exhibition : Heavens Below from her Bankside Power Station cycle and Pigeon Hole from her Thames cycle.


This work was created from the multiples of 1 photograph showing a puddle and sludge on a concrete walkway. The puddle reflected the structure of the roof (still visible today above the turbine hall of Tate Modern). It also referenced both the innumerable metal grid gangways criss-crossing the cavernous interior to dizzying heights and the space and mood of the building that had come to the end of its life before its rebirth into Tate Modern.

Heavens Below

Heavens Below
photographs on sprayed MDF board
w 111 cm x h 115 cm, framed under glass

Die Organisatorinnen der Ausstellung Shirin Schikowsky und Annette von Stieglitz vor den Photogemälden Heavens Below and Pigeon Hole von Karin Wach aus Southwark

See on-line press report of the opening and the final image created


Karin showed her work In His own Image in the Bermondsey Artists’ Group’s Concretum exhibition at Dilston Grove, London from 10 to 27 March 2011.


In his own Image

In His own Image

In His own Image at the exhibition