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Heliotrope Prints




Artist: Swoon

Title: Varanasi

About the print:
digital print on archival Canson Mi-Teintes paper
13″x19″ paper size
edition of 350
embossed by Braddock Tiles

"This print is a portrait of a person and a place. There were a few years that I spent constantly traveling and trying to absorb the logic of cities. Varanasi, India felt to me like the human mind had become an external maze that your own body could move through. Ancient and familiar. And the man in the portrait, who's name I never got, he called himself the Helicopter - he was hilarious and dazzlingly alive at an incredibly old age, and beatific in his slight madness, and he shared the joy of his city with me in such a way that when I tried to process what I had seen and felt, his face was the one that beamed through."

About the Artist: 

Working under the artist name Swoon, Caledonia Curry is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 15 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environment. Her first interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, a project that is still evolving. 

From 2006 to 2009, she constructed and navigated a flotilla of sculptural rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, and across the Adriatic Sea to Venice. 

Since 2008, Callie has been working in collaboration with Braddock Tiles on a revitalization project in the town of North Braddock, Pennsylvania, giving a century-old church new life as an arts center and ceramics guild.

In 2010 she cofounded Konbit Shelter and built a community center and two homes in earthquake-devastated Haiti, integrating her creative process into a sustainable reconstruction effort. 

Callie is currently working toward the construction of a musical house - entitled Dithyrambalina - in New Orleans, collaborating with arts initiative New Orleans Airlift. 

Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture and installations.

Callie’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, the Sao Paolo Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum.

In 2015, Callie founded the Heliotrope Foundation to support her ongoing work in Braddock, New Orleans, and Haiti. 





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