Swoon: 'Walkie'
Swoon: 'Walkie'

Swoon: 'Walkie'

SWOON (American, b.1977)

'Walkie' (2012)

  • Screen print, coffee stain, hand painting, spray paint and cutout on Mylar
  • Edition 3/6
  • 157.5cm x 198cm (62in x 78in)


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.

Today, Callie's work can be found on the sides of buildings worldwide and has been given both permanent and transient homes in more classical institutions, including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Tate Modern and the Sao Paulo Museum of Art. Most recently, she has begun using film animation to explore the boundaries of visual storytelling.

While much of Callie's art plays with the fantastical, there is also a strong element of realism. This can be seen in her myriad social endeavours, including a long-term community revitalisation project in Braddock, Pennsylvania and her efforts to build earthquake-resistant homes in Haiti through Konbit Shelter. Her non-profit, The Heliotrope Foundation, was created in order to further support these ventures.

The Heliotrope Foundation supports communities through creative responses to adversity. Founded by artist Caledonia Curry, also known as Swoon, Heliotrope facilitates projects that help communities respond and heal after natural disasters, economic devastation, and urgent social crisis. They believe that the creative process can be a uniquely transformative part of how we rebuild our communities and move society forward. This is a portrait of Walkie, one of the students at Klub Obvevatwa, their after school kids program.