Swoon (aka Caledonia Curry) is an American contemporary artist known for her large-scale installations and intricate portrait pieces which bridge boundaries between the street and gallery. It’s this pioneering work, coupled with her relentless campaigning on climate change and social crises, that’s made her an obvious choice to feature in our current Game Changers exhibition: find out more here. In honour of the show, we are very thankful the artist has taken time out of her busy schedule to tell us more about her inspiration, methods, and plans for the future…
Hang-Up: How do you settle on your subject matter?
Swoon: Instinct usually. I pick the thing that magnetizes me.
HU: Do you prefer the studio or the street and why?
S: I prefer whatever approach feels best at the time. It could be the studio, the street, a narrative film, a waterborne vessel, a parade, a lecture, a workshop. For me the creative force can show up in almost any form and I try not to set too many rules on it.
HU: The gallery hosting your most recent exhibition, Turner Carroll, speaks of “a recurring motif of the sacred feminine?” in your work. Was it a conscious decision to embrace this motif or did it happen organically?
S: I have been inspired over the years by many people who make a case for balancing the forces at play in our society and in our individual psyches by learning to embrace all that we consider feminine. I grew up in a world where the abuse, constriction and control of women was something that could be seen across all cultures and all time. The message that this sends to a young woman finding her own in the world is overwhelming and even a little crippling. Identifying and celebrating the deep feminine forces inside each of us is a way to work against that paralysis, to find something generative and good.