Swoon – Dawn and Gemma
Dimensions: 32 x 24 x 2″ finished size
Medium: mixed media on glass and wood
Caledonia Curry, whose work appears under the name Swoon, is a Brooklyn-based artist and is widely known as the first woman to gain large-scale recognition in the male-dominated world of street art. Callie took to the streets of New York while attending the Pratt Institute of Art in 1999, pasting her paper portraits to the sides of buildings with the goal of making art and the public space of the city more accessible.
“Dawn and Gemma” features as its central image a mother breastfeeding her infant child. The motif of “Dawn and Gemma” featured prominently in the artist’s 2014 solo-show at the Brooklyn Museum, titled “Submerged Motherlands”, which took as a major theme the death of the artist’s mother. A hopeful image, the nurturing mother is celebrated as the wellspring of the community.