20 February 2008

Swoon

Swoon

This photo is taken from an advertisement in the latest issue of Art On Paper. The ad is for a new release by Swoon at HuiPress, although there's nothing about the release on the HuiPress web site.

If you don't know Swoon, she's a young (26 31) street artist whose work has recently become sought after by galleries and museums, including the NY Museum of Modern Art. Swoon works on full-sized 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of plywood using exacto knives and/or a dremel tool. She prints by placing the board on the floor, rolling on some etching ink, placing paper on top, and printing with her feet. She makes multiple paper copies and then pastes them onto buildings.

What I love about this photo is the intimacy between the artist and the wood lino. I can't imagine how else you could carve a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood except by kneeling on top of it like this. (Note added 9/14/09: an anonymous commenter has pointed out that Swoon is carving lino in this photo, which I think is correct. She describes her woodcut process in this interview)

I also can't imagine how you could carve like this after the age of 40!

7 comments:

Janice said...

Annie, Thanks for introducing me to Swoon's work and this photo!

Magic Cochin said...

This is my first encounter with Swoon's work - it's amazing! What fantastic images. I love the combination of cut paper and printed woodcut.

Celia

Annie B said...

Glad you like Swoon! I first saw her work in NY at the Since 2000: Printmaking Now show at MOMA a couple of years ago. I thought her stuff was the most exciting thing in the room.

Anonymous said...

awesome. but she's 31, not 26 :)

Annie B said...

Thanks, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

its lino not wood

Annie B said...

Thanks Anonymous. You're right, that's lino in the photo. However, Swoon also uses wood, as she says in
this interview.