Creative Cauldron - Swoon

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Artist inspiration and artist influences. No biographies, dates or scholarly research here - this is a personal response to the work of street artist Swoon by Australian artist Fiona Morgan.

How could I not be enthralled and inspired by an artist who took her name from a dream, creates paper street art celebrating the local city characters and stormed the Venice Biennale with a group of artists in boats made from scrap.

Swoon is a street artist with a classical painting background. Her paper craft obviously displays both technical and drawing ability. Hooray for artists that can really draw! She celebrates the people that make up the cityscape and pastes their images around New York City where she lives. The city is her canvas for telling stories. Swoon creates entire imaginary cities out of found objects, cut paper and prints. Magical.

Her work is human sized. It's free for the public to enjoy. More to celebrate and admire.

And I really appreciate her attitude to storming the Biennale. It wasn't malicious or nasty. It was to experience "the fantastic visual nature of the whole thing."

So expressive, experimental, involved and FUN!! So how did she end up with the name 'Swoon'?
Her boyfriend at the time dreamed that she was a graffiti artist with that name, told her about the dream, and so she adopted the name.

Thanks to Gestalten for this interview which is the one that alerted me to the one and only Swoon:

More Swoon links

ship photo courtesy Tod Seelie


About the Creative Cauldron series of posts

Creative Cauldron - artistic influences & inspiration for Australian artist Fiona MorganThe Creative Cauldron series of posts explores and showcases the visual styles, techniques, attitudes, ideas, artists and paintings that have had the most impact on me. 

The rest of the series is accessible via the Creative Cauldron page. Have a meander if you please, and remember to check out my artworks on Flickr, and have an insider peek at life as an artist on Facebook.

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