The ground to which the works are applied is primarily canvas. These canvasses receive their final pigment and painted density through the application of various monochrome layers of colour in an often time-consuming process. It is particularly important that the various pigments used remain homogeneous. Thus, the interplay of the colours can be shown in multifaceted variations using the basic shape of the square. By eschewing brushwork, the colours can be applied in a smooth, flat area in which the traces of their application remain almost entirely unseen. Karin Kutsch's main interest lies in the personal, expressive values of colour. According to the intensity of the colours or their application, the various layers of pigment permeate one another, change and display their transparency (as in the case of the oiled papers).
This leads the monochrome surface to appear not as a termination or seal, but as something merged with the ground to which it is applied. This ground appears porous, seeping through the painted surface to seek contact with the surrounding space and the viewer. The visible material characteristics of the ground play an important role, a correspondence which is emphasised by the partially visible edges of the canvas and some unfinished parts of the coloured surfaces.
Karin Kutsch varies the form of the square. Sometimes it is doubled, sometimes tripled, and sometimes appears alone in varying sizes. In these multiple piece works, the colours are able to influence each other, creating a feeling of closure and increased directional neutrality.