Like many other pseudo-anonymous street artists, Swoon does not release her real name to the public to avoid prosecution for vandalism.
Philosophy and Style
Swoon specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures (her friends and family). She described her process and outcome in an interview as follows: “It’s almost like the rules of the medium are what dictates with this. With the cutouts I try to simplify it because it has to stay within the paper, with the prints I keep it scribbly, because I can. Because the cutouts have to stay in one piece, you have all these different physical visual rules that you have to obey. Whereas with prints you can kind of do whatever you want. Sometime limitation are good.”
Inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets
Swoon has been involved with the following artist collectives: Justseeds, Toyhop, Glowlab, Black Label, Change Agent, the Madagascar Institute, and the Barnstormers. She is also a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada, a group which built large rafts out of salvaged materials and floated them down the Mississippi River in 2006 and 2007.