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Svima | Lattice Trace I | Prints

Svima | Lattice Trace I | Prints

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Svima: Anamarija Korolj and Leon Lai

  • Pen on paper | 2021
  • Giclée print with archival inks
  • Textured watercolour paper
  • Signed limited edition of 8
  • 18” x 24” (46 x 61 cm)


One of the oldest forms of geometric representation used in computer graphics is the polygon mesh, a collection of points, lines, and faces. This method of representing 3D shapes remains faster than other calculation methods. However, it poses a big challenge in representing expressive, fluid, curved shapes, as they must be subdivided into a great number of small triangles to appear smooth rather than choppy. This same problem exists in architectural construction, where creating fluid shapes is a difficult and complicated task as most construction materials are rectilinear. In this series of images, expressive polygon meshes are deconstructed by hand into their most basic elements, exploring the invisible lattice that exists behind smooth shapes viewed on the screen.

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.

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