Yanghwa---A-Safe-zone--nowhere,-53-x-41c

Yanghwa

A Safe Zone- Nowhere, 2019

Acrylic and gouache on canvas

53 x 41 cm

£1,300

20% will be donated to the NHS

Yanghwa

A Safe Zone- Nowhere, 2019

Acrylic and gouache on linen

45 x 53 cm

£1,300

20% will be donated to the NHS

Swimming pools are a main subject of Yanghwa’s Safe Zone series. They are interesting and fascinating spaces to the artist as they give her huge comfort and solitude at the same time. Yanghwa feel separated from a busy and chaotic world when she swims, and can fully concentrate on herself, physically and psychologically. The artist initially considered the idea of a swimming pool as a utopia; to her, it is a dream, or paradise, like place where she would like to be all the time. However, a swimming pool could be more appropriately considered a heterotopia than a utopia, as it exists in reality. A Safe Zone - Nowhere was found in a holiday magazine. The artist cut off part of the swimming pool and deliberately used wrong perspectives to cast doubt on whether this place is real or unreal. A detailed tropical plant represents reality, while floating islands are amorphous and simplified. Yanghwa is a young artist from South Korea, with works in the Seoul Contemporary Art Museum and Victoria&Albert in London. She was recently party of Bloombeg New Contemporaries, with exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennale and South London Gallery.