Swoon (Curry, Caledonia)
American, 21st century, female.
Born 1978, in New London (Connecticut), United States.
Painter, printmaker, graffiti artist, installation artist. Mixed media, graffiti art, street art, portraits.
The artist and activist Caledonia Curry, more commonly known as Swoon, trained as a Renaissance-style portrait painter at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Upon graduating, she found the medium to be too limiting and was discouraged by the exclusivity of the art world. Swoon thus began making wheat-paste graffiti interventions. Using traditional woodcut prints on recycled newspaper, she began her career as a graffiti artist by affixing elegant portraits of friends, family, and loved ones on the exteriors of abandoned buildings and dilapidated structures. Typically life-size, the portraits capture intimate glimpses into the everyday lives of her subjects. Communities soon began to identify with her vignettes due to their humanist qualities and the frankness of her subjects....