SWOON gets her inspiration from many sources, cultures and people. From the Indonesian shadow theater to the caricatures of 19th century Honoré Daumier and contemporary Gordon Matta-Clark?s installations (who in his time also entered abandoned buildings to use recycled floors as a medium) all her references make her world very rich. Her artworks often start with encounters. The real and inspiring people she meets become her favorite subjects. Photographs of anonymous men, women or children she encounters while travelling are transposed into remarkably precise drawings. They symbolize moments of life and come in form of monumental portraits, scale 1 figures, all immersed in an out-of-the-ordinary world. Like a poem, each of SWOON?s work tells a relationship, a story or a lived experience.
SWOON supports many humanitarian causes throughout the world, delivering a message of peace with the permanent will to build a better society. She believes in the strength of the collective to improve the everyday life, for her "a collective allows to nourish the spirit of others". SWOON assisted the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, initiating a project called Konbit Shelter, a sustainable housing project. Since 2006, SWOON has also been exploring the seas with Swimming Cities, a boat made from recycled objects and furniture, which have traveled the world (from the Adriatic to the Venice Biennale, New York and India). She has also produced for her show at the Brooklyn Museum (2014) a worked called Submerged Motherland, addressing social and environmental issues with a gigantic figurative installation, depicting a troubling and enchanted forest.
The exhibition presented at the Danysz Gallery introduces a set of original artworks on paper and mylar including a site specific piece.
Swoon, solo show : December 8th, 2017 ?January 13th, 2018
Magda Danysz Gallery Shanghai : 256 Beijing East Road x Jiangxi Road
Exhibition: Friday 8 december from 4 to 8pm
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