The exhibition Extraordinary Machine, held at Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) in July 2020, was the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Karin Janssen in Taiwan, presenting new and existing work. Here you can view the exhibition online and view and download the exhibition catalogue.
Janssen creates surreal worlds where contradiction and vitality coexist amidst her experimental techniques. Her composition emerges in the form of an instinctive flow, moving subtly or intensely across the paper. Wandering between abstract and figurative elements, Janssen's imagination creates complex ecosystems, reflecting the deep sea of consciousness in her drawings and paintings.
The nomadic artist and old dreams under foreign sky
― an interview with Karin Janssen
Now based in Taipei, Dutch artist Karin Janssen has for the last ten years been living in several countries, working as a full-time artist amid this nomadic life. Her Dutch and Indonesian roots have shaped her unique identity and vision, reflected by the surreal composition of exotic tropical lands in her work. As a painter, curator and mother, Karin Janssen shares her experiences and struggles in the collision of different cultures and identities. The interview is conducted and written by independent writer Zoe Teng.