Jiwon's current paintings reflect a shift—more fluidity, activity, and eruption— compared to the serene order of her earlier work. In several paintings, brocade fabric patterns still exist in the foreground, but with reduced emphasis, pushed by organic backgrounds emerging in prominence. Here, different principles of Ikebana are emphasized; the breakdown of natural systems, of plant life, or decay intrinsic to this art form, all transgressing deliberate, gridded composition. The coexistence of structured foreground patterns with fluid, atmospheric backgrounds reflects the dual nature of Ikebana, with its imposition of orderly ideals on nature, but with mindfulness of the the subjects' organic origins.
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