Carolyn Swiszcz

Carolyn Swiszcz at work

Carolyn Swiszcz

Carolyn Swiszcz’s Latest Project: Zebra-Cat-Zebra

We are really excited about Carolyn Swiszcz’s latest project, Zebra-Cat-Zebra. Since early 2016, Swiszcz has been creating mini zines that could be printed off her website for free. Swiszcz started the project, “as a way to explore ideas and techniques. The un-intimidating size allows me to relax and create. The projects are small so it’s easy to get satisfaction from completing and sharing them.” Their endearing and lovingly illustrated topics range from “The Robe” to “August: The Sunday of Months”.

Now, people who have appreciated the zines in the past can buy a subscription!  A few Q & A’s are included below:

Q. What is Zebra Cat Zebra?

A. Zebra Cat Zebra is a mail subscription service for my little books. Each month a brand-new zine will be lovingly written, illustrated, folded and sent directly to you.

Q. Why a mail subscription service?

A. I’ve been posting book experiments for free on this web site and social media for a year. I’m now asking for a small investment from those of you who enjoy these books. This places greater value on not only my work but the work of other creative people. More importantly, I think these books are most appealing when they are printed and held - when they arrive as a surprise in the mail - rather than viewed on line.

Q. What else will I get with my subscription?

A. There will be an additional little something in each month’s envelope – maybe a postcard, sticker, or a bonus zine by a guest artist. You’ll also get a slipcover for storage.

Q. How much is it, and how can I pay?

A. Zebra Cat Zebra is $24 (+ $1.68 sales tax for MN residents) for a 12-month subscription for US addresses. You can use PayPal, or simply send me funds in the mail. For either option I’ll send you instructions via email after you fill out the form below. If you’re interested in an international subscription, I’ll provide a quote.

Q. Can I sign up anytime?

A. Yes. The first subscription period begins May 2017. If you sign up in August, for example, I’ll send all the materials you missed in one batch to get you caught up. You’re guaranteed to get all the books and slipcover, but the little extras are available “while supplies last.”

Q. Does this make a great gift?

A. Yes! If you buy a gift subscription I will enclose a card that explains the project and lets your recipient know it’s from you.

Q. Why the name “Zebra Cat Zebra?”

A. It’s the last three letters of Swiszcz. When spelling our name to someone on the other end of a phone line my Dad would always say, “Z as in zebra, C as in cat, Z as in Zebra.”

- from Carolyn’s website

To see Carolyn’s Highpoint Editions works, click here…

Carolyn Swiszcz News

Twin Cities-based Highpoint artist Carolyn Swiszcz was invited by author Dylan Hicks to make the cover for his second novel, Amateurs, which was published by Coffee House Press in May 2016. Carolyn used her signature techniques of stencil, monotype, and rubber stamp to illustrate the book’s cast of characters.

Dylan Hicks is a singer-songwriter and novelist and lives in Minneapolis.  To read more about the book and Carolyn’s process for creating the cover, please click here.

To learn more about The Amateurs and Coffee House Press, click here.


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Swiszcz’s work captures crumbling parking lots, newsstands, destitute strip-malls and other “neighborhood eyesores” with a fresh and witty approach to detail. Employing rich textures, color, and pattern, Swiszcz embellishes these drab landscapes while remaining mindful of their droll charm. As she notes, “these stores and restaurants simultaneously make me laugh and fill me with a profound sense of doom”.

To create many of the works on view, Swsizcz collaborated with Highpoint Editions to “make a stock of printed ‘building materials’—shingle, rock, and brick” which she then incorporated with drawing and painting. Vivid effects also appear in the “skies” in many of these works, achieved through monoprint and stenciling techniques. Of her time spent at Highpoint, Carolyn remarked that “working at Highpoint made me feel so spoiled I was almost guilty at times… It was inspiring to have my artistic visions executed with so much care by such excellent people”.

About the Artist

Born and raised in New Bedford, MA, Carolyn Swiszcz attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA in 1994. She spent three winters in Miami on a fellowship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. This program culminated with an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2000. Swiszcz has participated in numerous recent exhibitions, including solo shows at OSP Gallery, Boston; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; gallery co, Minneapolis; and forthcoming in September at M.Y. Art Prospects, New York. Her work has also appeared in group exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and at The Drawing Center, New York. Swiszcz was awarded a 2002 Bush Foundation Fellowship, among other grants. She lives in Saint Paul. Her work is represented in the Microsoft Art Collection and at the Minnesota Historical Society.

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