Caledonia Curry (b. 1977), who exhibits under the tag name Swoon, is a Brooklyn based artist that explores the relationship between people and their built environments. Her early interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the wall of cities around the world, and her public practice has expanded to using art to rebuild communities and humanize today’s most pressing social and environmental issues. She founded the Heliotrope Foundation in order to help communities respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent social crises. Community based endeavors that Curry has led include the construction of a musical architecture in New Orleans, a neighborhood revitalization project in North Braddock, PA, and the Konbit Shelter in Haiti which responded to the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. Alongside her place-based work, Curry has a studio practice that spans drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture, and installations. Caledonia Curry trained in painting, drawing, and printmaking at Pratt Institute in New York City. Her work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Sao Paulo Museum of Art.
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