Ji Won Cha

Wishful thinking

Bankside Gallery: Rising Artists, Jackson's Painting Prize 2023
150 x 120 cm


“My practice focuses on re-articulating the sublime in the 21st century. I believe that there is mass anxiety developing in a collective scale in the current times due to macro reasons such as health concerns, natural disasters, war, etc. I focus on the circumstances of “not knowing” and the “loss of control” to depict this feeling -a sense of defeat but also with hope- using imageries that represent heightened senses of experiences. Dedicated to capturing the co existence of contradicting feelings, my works find seduction in darkness, distress in beauty, and tranquillity in chaos. It is about the anticipation for the “future” that is supposed to happen, but the future that never comes. These futures collapse into the present and the future always remaining out of reach, to be idealized, anticipated, but forever uncertain.”