18 October – 27 November 2016
Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm
Graze on Grand, 16 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6DN
Large scale framed photographic collage pieces hung in a café/restaurant setting.
Karin Wach uses the ordinary snapshot as her medium from which a ‘painting’ is created. Her work is concerned with loss, memory and transformation.
Karin will show selected works from her Mill Cycle, created over a number of years. The P & O owned mill was the last working spice mill in the Pool of London. It was threatened with closure when she began photographing the interior with a simple analogue camera. The individual shots Karin took document the Mill interior in its death throes, with spices seeping and spilling from sacks and bales over floors and machinery alike, transforming the Victorian warehouse into a place of extraordinary beauty.
Professor Dawn Ades writes ‘the photographs are whole in themselves, but of fragments, re-combined they become new wholes’ e.g. extending the significance of the individual photograph beyond its documentary contents: the cog-wheel shape dominating the created images referencing both plant (machinery) and plant (spice flower).
Her work could be read as a visual essay exploring in Ades’s words not only ‘the productive tension between loss and memory’ but also between ‘the object and the imagination’.