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”.
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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