American, b. 1978

Caledonia Dance Curry, aka Swoon, creates street art, installations, and sculptural assemblages, merging art and activism with the intent of improving the world. After completing her studies at the Pratt Institute, Swoon realized that she would not be content to only exhibit in galleries and museums. In her words, she “wanted to become part of something larger than myself, to embrace the world.” This desire drove her art into the streets where, since 1999, Swoon has been wheat-pasting life-size portraits of everyday urbanites onto walls in New York and other cities. Her work is influenced by historical and folk art sources ranging from German Expressionist woodblock prints to Indonesian shadow puppets. She is also known for her humanitarian efforts, including the Konbit Shelter Project that helps Haitians who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake create sustainable buildings, and the Transformazium project in Braddock, Pennsylvania that works with local residents towards creative revitalization of their community. Swoon has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston among others.