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Swoon (American, b.1977)
LOT ID: 78957
Thalassa, 2012

Acrylic, Mixed Media on Kraft Paper, Laid on Salvaged Wood
48 х 18.5 х 1.5 in. (121.92 x 46.99 x 3.81 cm.)
Signed, and dated verso; with certificate of authenticity
Lot description
Artwork measures 48 x 18.5 x 1.5 inches (121.9 x 47 x 3.8 cm).
Artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity

Hand-painted on Kraft paper, this 2012 work by Swoon is a mixed media collage on reclaimed oak. The painting depicts a woman staring towards the sky with her arms open, embracing the elements surrounding her. Bright swirls and folk-influenced motifs adorn the woman's body and the foreground.

N.B. Wood support is slightly curved, as pictured as per the artist's intent.

Swoon (b. Caledonia Dance Curry, 1977) is a contemporary American street artist. She was born in New London, CT, and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. In 1997, Swoon moved to New York, where she obtained a BA in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Swoon’s signature works include life-size human forms that she creates from recycled newsprint paper. It takes her weeks to paint and cut out each figure in her studio, and once the forms are complete, she takes them to the streets of New York and glues them to the sides of buildings using wheat paste. When Swoon first began creating street art, she focused her energy on things that were meant to disappear and her ability to let them go. Her creations appear on trash cans, light poles, walls, doors, rooftops, and sidewalks in New York. Swoon’s work is heavily influenced by that of Gordon Matta-Clark (American, 1943–1978) who was well-known for his temporary works in the city streets. Swoon does not classify her work as destructive or illegal because it is not permanent, but her artwork is classified under the category of defacement of property. She often does her work in the middle of the day, and various projects have been exhibited in Shoreditch, London, at Black Rat Projects. Swoon lives and works in New York, NY.
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