Swoon (1977-) Caledonia Curry, known professionally as Swoon, is a Brooklyn based installation/street artist and has works in major galleries such as the MoMA and the Tate Modern. Her larger than life woodblock prints and cut paper portraits can be found on walls in various states of beautiful decay around the world.
This print was created to raise funds for her installation, Swimming Cities of Serenissima, in the 2009 Venice Biennale.
From the artist's website:
Swoon spends much of her time enveloped in art and social practice by way of community building initiatives in, among others: Haiti, New Orleans, and the Rust Belt town of Braddock, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Swoon founded the 501(c)(3) Heliotrope Foundation to streamline these projects and to expand aid for urgent social crises. In addition to her community building work, Swoon is a dedicated advocate for the proper treatment of mental health and trauma; through volunteer art therapy programming and various residencies and lectures, she has presented through the narrative of her upbringing with two substance-addicted parents how addiction stems from pain and should be approached with empathy rather than disdain.
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