At A Glance
SWOONED AT THE RUBIN
An Overview of the Artist SWOON”s Talk at The Rubin Museum
By Francesca Rimi
On Friday, November 21st, the artist working under the name “Swoon” and curator Beth Citron met at the Rubin Museum to discuss the current exhibition Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India. Caledonia Curry, more widely known as Swoon, has been creating pieces for the past 13 years that engage people with their environment. Throughout the evening she was able to relate her experiences with that of Francesco Clemente.
The conversation began with an introduction to Swoon and her pieces and how she became the artist she is today. As a classically trained visual artist and printmaker, she has found ways to combine structural pieces with colorful prints, allowing the viewers to differentiate her pieces from the space they live in. She also touched on the fact that some of her pieces were developed with the community of which the pieces were living in.
Beth Citron, the exhibition’s curator, was intrigued by the fact that Swoon collaborated with others because Francesco Clemente had also used the support of fellow artists and natives to create his pieces. Some of his processes included different people painting different sections of the pieces. At the end of the process you can see different colors, textures, and techniques coming together to create one composition. Swoon related this to some of her projects including the Musical Architecture for New Orleans project that she promoted on Kickstarter in 2011.
Towards the end of the talk, the audience asked questions about Swoon’s exhibition Submerged Motherlands. She discussed how intense it was to be in charge of filling the massive space she had chosen at The Brooklyn Museum. After creating her vision, her first concern was how so I make this happen without anyone’s safety getting compromised. She called in professionals to make sure her towering tree was safely constructed and we’re glad she did so that we could enjoy it.
Swoon, whose real name is Caledonia Dance Curry, is a street artist who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of human figures.
Written by Francesca Rimi
Photography & Design by Francesca Rimi
Swoon at the Rubin Museum, November 2014, Photography by Francesca Rimi