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Swoon: Submerged Motherlands

March 2, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

From April 11 through August 24, The Brooklyn Museum in New York will feature the most recent works of the local artist Swoon. Her upcoming exhibition Swoon: Submerged Motherlands will include a monumental site-specific installation in the fifth-floor rotunda gallery centering on a monumental sculptural tree. The gallery will be transformed into a fantastic landscape, with a tree which will rise into the 20 meter-high dome, with a constructed environment at its base. This constructed environment will feature Swoon’s signature prints and drawings, cut-paper foliage and sculpted boats and rafts she sailed on the Grand Canal during the Venice Biennale 2009.

Venice Biennale
Swoon rafts in Venice

Sandy and Doggerland

Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

Swoon
Thalassa at New Orleans Museum of Modern Art

From German Expressionism to Indonesian Shadow Puppets

Known for her life-sized, cut-out, wheat paste prints and paper cutouts of figures situated on walls and abandoned buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues. More recently, she successfully deals with large-scale figurative installations as well. Her work is inspired by both art historical and folk sources, and a lot based on the pictures as reference, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets.

Swoon
Swoon cut-out paste-up

About Swoon

When she was nineteen, the woman with the real-life name Caledonia Dance Curry moved to the New York district to become inspired. Three years after her arrival she decided to do two things: Enlist at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and start painting some walls. Although in Swoons case, painting might not be the correct terminology anymore. Her street art style is better characterized with wheat-pasting, cutouts and wood installations. Her artistic process is driven by the belief that her art needs to be an immersive, provocative and transformative experience. The images of people she chooses to depict are often family and friends. The locations of these pieces are scattered around the world. Many of them, although old, are still in very good condition because they are often pasted on uninhabited or rarely frequented locations such as abandoned warehouses, run-down malls, bridges or trucks. Her style is thereby unmistakable.

Cut out street art
Swoon