Swoon is a street artist from New York who specializes in life-size wheat paste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Born in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1978, she graduated from the Pratt Institute of Art (Brooklyn) in 2003.
Swoon's worlds are often populated by realistically rendered cut-out street people, often her friends and family. Riding bikes, talking on a stoop, going grocery shopping - these people traverse a cityscape of her own unique invention. Bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs create crisscrossing shadows and spaces through which her figures move.
Swoon has been covering the streets of New York with her signature cutouts for over eight years. Often found in states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs “collaborate” with the street to create a time-based public artwork. In conjunction with the art collectives Justseeds and Toyshop, Swoon has executed projects ranging from billboard alterations and poster campaigns, to street parties and sculptural installations. Her recent work has focused on creating peepholes throughout the city in subtle places where, once discovered, the viewer can glimpse a hidden dream world through the unassuming aperture.
Swoon's exhibitions and workshops in the United States and Europe have included collaborations with the art collectives, Black Label, Change Agent, the Madagascar Institute and the Barnstormers. Her work was included in P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center’s Greater New York 2005, and appeared in Deitch Projects’ special design district space at Art Basel Miami in 2005.
Swoon is an international with major pieces in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, New York) and the Brooklyn Museum of Modern Art (New York).
Swoon currently lives and works in Brooklyn.