SWOON: Available Works
SWOON’s worlds are often populated by realistically rendered-- and evocatively cut-out-- street people, often her friends and family. Riding bikes, talking on a stoop, going grocery shopping-- these people traverse a cityscape of her own unique invention. Bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs create crisscrossing shadows and spaces through which her figures move. Inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets, SWOON is a master of using cut paper to play with positive and negative space in a conceptually driven exploration of the experience of the streets.
Working under the artist name Swoon I have spent the last 13 years in an ongoing exploration of the relationship of people to their built environment.
I began my work as a classically trained visual artist and printmaker, and have an ongoing project of wheat pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world. This initial impetus to create interventions in the urban landscape has continued to unfold in a variety of ways.
From 2006-2009 I constructed and navigated flotillas of rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, and across the Adriatic Sea to Venice.
Since 2008 I have been working independently and in collaboration with the collective Transformazium on community based projects in the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
In 2010 and 2011 with the group Konbit Shelter, I constructed first a community center and then a home in earthquake devastated Haiti, bringing the creative process into the reconstruction effort.
I am currently working toward the construction of a musical house, entitled Dithyrambalina in New Orleans with New Orleans Airlift.
Alongside my community based practices, I have a studio and installation based practice of drawing, printmaking, and the construction of architectural installations and sculptures.