It’s been a long time coming and finally Swoon (interviewed) unveiled her massive installation at the Brooklyn Museum. Entitled Submerged Motherlands, this exhibition ties together many themes by the talented and dedicated artist from Red Hook. As previewed in her extensive installation preparation (here), Swoon created a site specific visual environment for all to enjoy.
Taking advantage of the grand 72 foot rotunda of the museum, Swoon puts nature at the center with an awe inspiring 70 foot tree sculpture, adorned with reaching roots and a sweeping canopy of amazingly cut leaves that shadows over and protects the nostalgic environment which she created. The foliage acts as a shelter for another one of her reoccurring themes – the swimming cities (here) – in this case, two boats built from salvaged materials and detailed with local elements. Wonderfully drawn and cut figures that are familiar to fans are carefully composed and placed throughout the space to complete this important showcase that draws attention to the recent flooding brought about by Hurricane Sandy to New York and her studios. The showing is a visual and social statement made by the artist for climate change, akin to the massive tsunami that may have occurred 8,000 years ago that detached the landmass connecting Great Britain and Europe. This captivating installation will run until August 24, so make sure to visit if you’re lucky enough to be in NYC.