Welcome to The Heart Lives Through the Hands, an exhibition featuring works by internationally known artist SWOON. Although the artist uses different approaches to each artwork—different media and use of found materials—one can draw parallels and connections between their works with close inspection.
1. Find the artwork on the blue wall made from two found doors. What do you see when looking at this portrait of Maram? How does the artwork make you feel, and how do you think that Maram feels? To learn more check out this video about the portrait. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8BqW6ByyM0&feature=youtu.be
2. How is the portrait to the right of Maram different in feeling? What story is Edline sharing?
3. Thalassa is a Greek spirit, and the mother of the sea. What elements of the ocean can you identify in the large freestanding sculpture? Do you see other portraits in the show that include images of sea life?
4. Identify the portrait with a figure raising her head toward the sky with her hands clasped in front of her. This work is titled, Sonia. Think of five words to describe this artwork. Swoon shares a poem “The Man Born to Farming” by Wendell Berry, which reminds her of this portrait:
The grower of trees, the gardener, the man born to farming,
whose hands reach into the ground and sprout,
to him the soil is a divine drug. He enters into death
yearly, and comes back rejoicing. He has seen the light lie down
in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn.
5. As you came into the gallery today, did you notice a figure on the exterior of Contemporary Craft’s building? Can you find the portrait titled Braddock Steel in the gallery? What story is Swoon telling about the region with this artwork?
6. Check out the tile wall. Take a few minutes to read about Swoon’s collaboration with the Braddock Tiles Project. After learning about this community project, stop by the Drop In studio to make your own tile rubbing inspired by Swoon’s work.