Image Above via NYT
If you’ve ever spent a day strolling the streets of Brooklyn, then I am sure that you’ve came across the life-size wheat-paste work of Swoon. Since 1999, Swoon or Caledonia Curry has been adorning the city’s walls with her intricate paper cut portraits or stencil graffiti. Full of rawness, grittiness and social consciousness, Swoon’s street art has garnered the attention of museums and galleries all over the world, expanding her work to include live installations and performance art.
The New London, Connecticut native moved to New York City at the age of 19 and acquired a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Some of the many themes that her work portrays include adventure, transformation, connection, darkness and creation.
Swoon has been an avid supporter of ArtLeadHER since our launch this past March. It’s a pleasure to honor her work in our group exhibit. Learn a bit more about Swoon’s work currently displayed at the Joseph Gross Gallery in the profile below.
Though we live in a generation where women leaders are on a steady rise, there are still challenges that are marked by living in a patriarchal society. Looking at the ratio of men to women representation in the arts for example, highlights quite a jarring disproportion of artist depiction. While 51% of visual artists in present day identify as women, only 28% of museum solo exhibitions actually spotlight them…