Swoon in the Streets
Swoon’s world is a delicate little dream-bubble floating through an extremely gritty and real world. She is known for her intricate lace-like wheat pasting throughout New York City as as well as her massively delicate and complex instillation pieces that expound upon the intricacies of her street work.
Swoon was born in Daytona Beach, Florida and at nineteen moved to New York City to attend the Pratt Institute. She started wheat pasting around this time, and her art only grew more intricate with her formal training. Soon, massive lace-like pieces were popping up all over New York City. She has become a respected instillation artist and is commonly on display at Deitch Galleries in Los Angeles. Currently, her piece “The Ice Queen” is on display at MOCA in the streets of Los Angeles. The Ice Queen consists of veils of delicately cut paper draped over a sitting area. It gives the illusion of being trapped in a snowflake.
Swoon talks extensively about the struggle between being a street artist and a gallery artist in the film Inside Outside. She explains that she does not want to be known as an artist who makes these beautiful things that are only sold for thousands of dollars. She balances this demand by always going out and putting her art up in the street for anyone. In the film, she also explains she enjoys watching her wheat pastes rot and decay over a period of time. She is intrigued by the organic process of putting up these intricate objects on the street. Swoon shows no signs of slowing down with either her street art or her instillation and gallery pieces.