CALEDONIA CURRY (SWOON)
Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon, is a mixed media artist whose work explores humanity through printmaking, installation, sculpture and found objects. She is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent over 15 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environment. Her first interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, a project that is still evolving.
After graduating from Pratt in 2001, Swoon was the subject of a pivotal solo exhibition mounted by now-mentor Jeffrey Deitch. Swoon is involved heavily in community building initiatives through art and social practices such as such as Haiti, New Orleans, and Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Swoon founded the Heliotrope Foundation to streamline these projects and to expand aid for urgent social crises. From 2006 to 2009, she constructed and navigated a flotilla of sculptural rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, and across the Adriatic Sea to Venice.
Since 2008, Callie has been working in collaboration with the collective Transformazium on a revitalization project in the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, giving a century-old church new life as an arts center and ceramics guild. In 2010 she cofounded Konbit Shelter and built a community center and two homes in earthquake-devastated Haiti, integrating her creative process into a sustainable reconstruction effort.
Callie’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tate Modern, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Sao Paolo Museum of Art.
American, b. 1978, New London, Connecticut; based in Brooklyn, New York
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