January 15, 2019
"Red Riding Hood is in the forest. There's something about the Red Riding Hood story that has burrowed itself deep into my subconscious. I first noticed it one night on the Miss Rockaway rafts. We had docked on a forested beach for the night and started a campfire as was our habit. At some point I found myself in the woods a little too far from the campfire, too far from the light, the sounds, the circle of comfort represented by my family of friends, and immediately the Red Riding Hood story started playing in my mind with its admonition not to stray from the circle of safety, not to get too deep into the woods. This past year I was working on an installation that involved a switchboard with patched together audio that started in three places (memories, dreams, and children's stories or myths) and then merged into a single narrative. During its creation one sentence kept popping into my mind "Red Riding Hood is in the forest. Red Riding Hood is in the forest." It became a mantra to describe a way of feeling far from safety, feeling lost in the dense undergrowth of the subconscious and memory, knowing you will have to confront what you don't want to confront. And so Red Riding Hood in the forest became one of the figures that lined the walls of the installation. Here's the original paper cut that the piece was built from, and now I've made her into a little print."
About The Artist
Swoon is a Brooklyn-based street artist famous for her life-sized woodblock and cut-paper portraits and her humanitarian projects ....Read More
About The Gallery
Woodward Gallery, established 1994, has been a NYC institution fo....Read More
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