Swoon (Caledonia Curry)
Swoon's “Sasu and Kasei”, a mixed-media print portrait from 2017.

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Sasu and Kasei
Collection of the artist

A celebrated female member of the infamously male-dominated world of street art, Swoon became a sensation in the early 2000s, when she papered the streets of New York City with life-size portraits. Many of these works depicted strong women.

In that spirit, she created Sasu and Kasei, a portrait of a friend carrying her first son from the bath. This image, made in Tokyo, Japan, stands in a centuries- old tradition of representations of maternity. At the same time, it captures Sasu as she was trying to reconcile her role as an artist with her new identity as a mother. Merging the intimate mother-and-child image with the architectural structures of Tokyo, Swoon created an empathetic, hybrid artwork that incorporates block print, collage, painting, and installation.