Bathing implies silence and calm, but also drowning. Oxygen bubbles are the only thing keeping the model alive. These delicate air pockets give the photograph its vitality, and provide protection and connection between the viewer and the distant, almost detached model. With her red lips and diaphanous skin, the sleeping woman is as sensual as she is grim, just like Zhong Lin’s enigmatic photograph.
The artist instils ambiguity between disorder and calm, fear and languor. Zhong Lin praises the freedom to create, without borders, without limits, without definition, and leaves interpretation to the viewer’s discretion.