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In an effort to help those struggling with substance abuse, SWOON worked with Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program to develop an understanding of the conditions and context of trauma that lead to and perpetuate lifelong addiction. In collaboration with Jessica Radovich, a mental health counselor and yoga instructor, SWOON developed a series of classes that help address trauma as it relates to addiction and loss. The classes took place in Graterford SCI, Interim House, and with the Mural Arts' Guild program. From this experience, she is developing a series of portraits that will appear in a public space.
Caledonia Curry, who exhibits her artwork under the name SWOON, is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 14 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environments. Her early interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls 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 co-founded Konbit Shelter in 2010, an artist’s response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti that same year. Other community-based endeavors include collaborating on the construction of musical architecture in New Orleans, and a neighborhood revitalization project in North Braddock, PA. Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture, and installations. Curry’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the São Paulo Museum of Art.
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© 2015, SWOON. Rocket Cat Cafe, 2001 Frankford Avenue & 3060 West Jefferson Street, Philadelphia, PA. Photos by Steve Weinik.
SWOON with Mural Arts' Guild program. Photo by Steve Weinik.
Portrait of SWOON. Photo by Bryan Welch. Courtesy of SWOON.