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Svima | Therapy Tower Section
Svima | Therapy Tower Section
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Svima: Anamarija Korolj

  • Pastel, pencil and pen on paper | 2021
  • Giclée print with archival inks
  • Unique original drawing
  • 28” x 44” (71 x 111 cm)
  • Museum quality glass and frame (white)


In an increasingly frenetic society where opportunity for solitude and reflection is rare, Therapy Tower speculates a space for ascending, and practicing physical and emotional wellbeing. The tower takes cues from the hardiest animal on earth: the tardigrade, an inflated-looking, bear-like, microscopic organism that can survive apocalyptic conditions, such as freezing or boiling, by using various adaptations, including drying itself out or creating a puffy coat-like exterior. The tower exists as both a space for practicing therapy, and an allegory for psychological growth.

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.