|Paper cut out by Swoon. Image via Revel in New York. Photo by Joann Jovinelly|
If you've walked through any New York neighborhood within the past couple of years, you may have come across some street art that stopped you in your tracks. Artist Swoon (real name Caledonia Dance Curry) has been adorning the city's walls with her intricately detailed paper cutout pieces since 1999. A native of Daytona Florida, Swoon studied painting at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and continues to live and work in the city. But as Swoon's work continues to grow in popularity, her ideas continue to evolve and grow more expansive in their scope. It's as if she's extending a hand to her audience and saying, "Like what you see? Come be a part of it."
|Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea installation. Image via Deitch Projects. Photo by Kristy Leibowitz|
|Swoon's Thalassa installation. Image via Designboom. Photo copyright Swoon.|
|Detail of Thalassa. Image via Designboom. Photo copyright Swoon.|
|Quarter scale model of The Dithyrambalina musical house. Image via Wooster Collective.|
The musical house, named the Dithyrambalina, will be fully funded thanks to a successful campaign on fundraising website Kickstarter, and is to be built in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Like most of Swoon's artistic endeavors, Dithyrambalina will be created from salvaged materials. The house will be built from the remains of a blighted cottage that stood on the building site.
Swoon's work represents the possibility of all the artistic process can be: accessible, collaborative, and interactive. And in this time of economic hardship, her use of recycled materials--the creation of something new from the remnants of what came before--is refreshing. It serves as a reminder that to make art, one merely needs to be creative, resourceful, and willing to call on their community.