Swoon is a female street artist from New York who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures. She started doing street art around 1999. She studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Swoon does not release her real name to the public to avoid prosecution for vandalism crimes associated with street art.
Swoon's worlds are often populated by realistically rendered cut-out street people, often her friends and family. Riding bikes, talking on a stoop, going grocery shopping - these people traverse a cityscape of her own unique invention. Bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs create crisscrossing shadows and spaces through which her figures move. Inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets, Swoon uses cut paper to play with positive and negative space in a conceptually driven exploration of the experience of the streets.
Swoon has been covering the streets of New York with her signature cutouts for over six years. Often found in states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs “collaborate” with the street to create a time-based public artwork. In conjunction with her collective Toyshop, she has executed projects ranging from billboard alterations and poster campaigns, to street parties and sculptural installations. Her recent work has focused on creating peepholes throughout the city in subtle places where, once discovered, the viewer can glimpse a hidden dream world through the unassuming aperture.Swoon on Flickr