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Svima | Islands I
Svima | Islands I
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Svima: Leon Lai

  • Mixed digital media | 2020
  • Giclée print with archival inks
  • Signed limited edition of 3
  • 24"x 30"(61 x 76 cm)
  • White frame


In Naoshima, Japan, nature flourishes with views of Seto Inland Sea and sister islands provided by the elevated island topography. Yet, urban objects and leftover forms sew a precarious, changing, and increasingly continuous threshold around the edge of the island, quietly industrializing the pastoral surroundings.

This piece is part of our exhibition Soft Shield | Allegorical Spaces by Svima as part of DesignTO Festival 2022. 

Like cells encased in their membranes, communicating mysteriously with one another and the body as a whole, humans are beginning to interface with our spaces more intimately. Our spaces are becoming responsive to us, and in many ways, are beginning to know us.

In Soft Shield, Svima explores the responsive, pliable, flexible, biophilic, and biomorphic. The works examine how spaces relate to wellbeing, physical and mental health, storytelling, and the natural environment. Conceived as a series of allusive narratives where each space tells a story, the works investigate notions of self and perception, using vivid environments as allegories for various facets of contemporary existence.