'The Garden of Arcadia' by Song-Nyeo Lyoo — London, UK — 08-18 OCT, 2014
28 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NA
South Korean—born Song-Nyeo Lyoo reflects her decadent paradisal subject matter in the richness of materials that she uses. An intricate, multistage process brings together ink, watercolour and gold powder on rice paper, silk and wooden board. Through this, she creates scenes of an imagined Buddhist heaven, where frivolity reigns and multiple hands grasp at the landscape’s bounty. The Garden of Arcadia is clearly informed by Buddhist devotional painting and teaching, emphasising the interconnectedness of the natural world. Yet, at times bordering on the chaotic, it also becomes a commentary on contemporary extravagance.