Transformer Station was pleased to present the first solo museum show of UK artist Esther Teichmann. This multimedia exhibition blends photography, painting, found objects, video, and music into an immersive environment.
Heavy the Sea takes us into an alternate orphic world, moving from beds to swamps and caves, from mother to lover, in search of a primordial return. Here, the photographic is loosened from its referent, slipping in and out of darkness, cloaked in dripping inks, bathed in subtle hues, evoking a liquid space of night.
Teichmann’s practice looks at the relationships between loss, desire, and the imaginary. Blurring autobiography and fiction, narratives emerge from photographic fragments, working across the still and moving image, sculpture, and painting. Esther Teichmann grew up in southern Germany surrounded by lakes, rivers, and forests. Her earliest memories are of being in and on water, sleeping in tents in thunderstorms, and floating in canoes.
Teichmann received an MA and PhD in fine art from the Royal College of Art and lives and works in London. A monograph of visual works, Fulmine, and a book of essays, Falling—On Loss, Desire and the Photographic, will be published by Stanley/Barker.
This exhibition was organized by Transformer Station.